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Film Reviews Zero Motivation: An engaging, feminist-minded comedy

Told cleverly in three parts, Zero Motivation stars Dana Ivgy and Nelly Tagar as a pair of pal conscripts in the Israeli Defense Forces, hopelessly stationed in a barren location.

Title
Zero Motivation
Written by
Talya Lavie
Directed by
Talya Lavie
Starring
Dana Ivgy, Nelly Tagar, Shani Klein
Classification
14A
Country
Israel
Language
Hebrew, with English subtitles

From Talya Lavie comes an engaging, desert-dry, feminist-minded comedy Zero Motivation that imagines the M*A*S*H*-ing of Mean Girls, Stripes and Private Benjamin.

Told cleverly in three parts, the warzone-set story stars Dana Ivgy and Nelly Tagar as a pair of pal conscripts in the Israeli Defense Forces, hopelessly stationed in a barren location.

If it's a man's, man's world, it is also a man's, man's war, which relegates these two young women and others as paper-pushers and coffee girls in service to the ass-staring male officers.

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Ivgy's character Zohar is a slacking, video-game addicted maverick, peer-pressured into a quest to lose her virginity, while Tagar's incapable Daffi is desperate to transfer to Tel Aviv. Overseeing them is an uptight junior officer who, while highly motivated, is up against a highly patriarchal system. Staple-gun shenanigans happen, and suicide does, too.

If Lavie is Israel's answer to Lena Dunham, someone is asking the right questions.

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