Zero Motivation

She clearly doesn't know the drill.
She clearly doesn’t know the drill.

The all-female admin office in a remote Israel Defence Forces base is staffed by bored-senseless conscripts who file paperwork, serve snacks to the (all-male) top brass and play Minesweeper. Daffi writes endless requests for a transfer to Tel Aviv, while kibbutz-raised Zohar tries to lose her virginity. Their officer, Rami, actually wants a military career but can’t instil any discipline or patriotism in her crew.

This amusing satire on Israeli national service lacks a unifying plot or huge laughs, and the characters don’t grow much through their experience – though maybe that’s fitting. But it might even raise a smile in the odd Hamas supporter. 7/10

Released as part of the 2014 Jewish International Film Festival (from October 29). Screenings in Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast and Perth

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