Time of Favor | Chicago Reader

Time of Favor

A good-hearted Israeli soldier becomes enmeshed in a radical rabbi's plot to blow up the Dome of the Rock on Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Though this 2000 Israeli political thriller is based on a true story, it's overwhelmed by movie cliches: the soldier and his best buddy, a sensitive yeshiva student trying to make himself over into a soldier, both fall for the rabbi's daughter, who rebels against her father's plan. Worse yet, the story unfolds so slowly that every plot twist is telegraphed well in advance. Even the action-packed ending, in which the rabbi's militia clashes with the Israeli army, falls flat. Joseph Cedar directed; with Aki Avni, Assi Dayan, and Tinkerbell. In Hebrew with subtitles. 98 min.

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