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Vulcan Junction

A group of young friends—four rock musicians, a soccer star, and his journalist girlfriend—reach a defining moment in their lives on the eve of the Yom Kippur war in 1973. The six rebels commiserate at the title bar, where the rockers are performing, and while they're supposed to embody a generation headed for a tumultuous era, director Eran Riklis never gets to the root of their anger at one another or their disenchantment with the status quo. Instead he floods the screen with period pop-culture emblems (bell-bottoms, Golda Meir) and fills the sound track with vintage rock tunes to substitute for genuine emotion. This 1999 melodrama climaxes with a group encounter just before the surprise attack by Egypt and Syria and ends with a cynical “where are they now?” (one band member is managing a McDonald's in the States). As with the recent TV miniseries The Sixties, it's all cultural signposts and no insight. 98 min.

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