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Two episodes from an Israeli TV series. Described as “a realistic account of Israeli military life,” it recalls American TV shows in which characters' personal lives seem to intrude on their professions. The cultural differences are small (instead of being stalked by her ex, a young woman is pursued by a mysterious Arab), and the intertwined stories are all too familiar: the off-base caper that ends in a bloody poolroom brawl, the seaside tete-a-tete interrupted by a quarrel. Director Uri Barbash does little more than point the camera in the general direction of the action. 100 min.

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