Zero Motivation

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Available until April 29, 2021.

Talya Lavie’s Zero Motivation is a sharply observed and often hilarious portrait of everyday life for a unit of female soldiers in a remote Israeli outpost. Pencil-pushers Zohar and Daffi spend their time playing video games, singing pop songs and dreaming of Tel Aviv. The indolent twosome are watched over by Rama, an aspiring senior officer who dreams of a significant military career. But, with a platoon of unskilled, listless soldiers under her charge, her ambitions for promotion are constantly thwarted.

"A unique, sharply observed and hilarious look at the monotonies of enlistment, the ridiculousness of subordination and chain of command concepts, and the utter boredom of carrying out meaningless orders… An absorbing office saga and diverting dark comedy, Zero Motivation is a surprisingly insightful coming-of-age tale… Perhaps most significantly, Zero Motivation is the discovery of an exciting new original voice in cinema, who happens to be really funny, intelligent and female. We can’t wait for more." Rodrigo Perez, Playlist

"Like classic military comedies from Catch-22 to M*A*S*H, Talya Lavie’s Zero Motivation offers its own appealing blend of irreverence and absurdism. But what makes the film so original is not that distinction, or the greater one that the soldiers observed here are female and Israeli. The film’s real difference, rather, lies in a kind of cinematic intelligence that unveils itself very gradually and subtly." Godfrey Cheshire, RogerEbert.com

"An engaging, desert-dry, feminist-minded comedy." Brad Wheeler, Globe & Mail

Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature, Tribeca 14

Director Icon Director
Talya Lavie

 
Cast
Dana Ivgy, Nelly Tagar, Shani Klein, Heli Twito, Meytal Gal, Tamara Klingon
Executive Producer Eilon Ratzkovsky
Producer Eilon Ratzkovsky, Yossi Uzrad, Guy Jacoel, Yochanan Kredo
Screenwriter Talya Lavie
Cinematographer Yaron Scharf
Editor Arik Lahav-Leibovich
Music Ran Bagno
Israel 2014 100 min. In Hebrew with English subtitles 19+ Trailer

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