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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.

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.

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.