Campfire | Chicago Reader

Campfire

New York-born Israeli filmmaker Joseph Cedar (A Time of Favor) combines romantic comedy and social criticism in this story of a widow (Michaela Eshet) in 1981 Jerusalem who seeks to repair her family by joining a settlement in the occupied territories—a prospect that appalls her secularized teenage daughters. There's also pressure from the myopic settlers, who view her single-mom status as a threat. Blind dates with middle-aged bachelors ensue, and Rachel's trouble with her increasingly unsupervised kids escalates when the youngest (Hani Furstenberg) is assaulted during an overnight camping trip. The darker aspects of tribalism come under scrutiny as nonconformists (unmarried men, women alone) are shown being marginalized, but by setting this before the start of the intifada, Cedar only alludes to another group of outsiders—Palestinians are nowhere to be seen. In Hebrew with subtitles. 95 min.

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