Zero Motivation Review - A Clever, Amusing Comedic Drama of Life Inside The IDF

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

“Zero Motivation,” from Zeitgeist Films, brings to the screen a witty, satirical, award winning, comedic drama of life for a regiment of female soldiers as they invent ways of passing the mandated time in the Israeli Defense Forces.

 

Directed by Talya Lavie, “Zero Motivation” stars Dana Ivgy, Nelly Tagar and Shani Klein, as the female unit of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) with Heli Twito and Meytal Gal.

“Zero Motivation” opens as two soldiers, women, no more than 21, looking more like they are returning to university after a beach weekend than heading to a military installation outpost, make their way to this pop-up micro city in the middle of the barren, bleach white, desert.

More like an extended sleep away camp and less like military duty the handful of girls in “Zero Motivation” are still struggling with the monotony of the regiment.

Stationed at a combat post, the only action the women are seeing is the humorous countdown to crazy as they are mandated to two years of military service. Each seems to be having adjustment issues as they are regulated to administrative and serving positions.

Assigned to administrative duties our team Daffi and Zohar, are soul mates who have been able to keep each other from dying of boredom with their unusually resourceful methods of really doing nothing at all.

Daffi, played by Nelly Tagar, is obsessed with transfer to Tel Aviv, life would be better, the air sweeter, every issue and problem would evaporate in the cosmopolitan lifestyle of a Tel Aviv solider, where she can see herself, cat walking across the boulevard in her uniform, Louboutins and matching bag. She is a cosmopolitan solider stuck in the assignment from hell and no one can see it!

Zohar, her partner in this solider sorority, played by Dana Ivgy, an Israeli Academy Award winner, is simply irrevocably bored. A day tripper into the military every day is one less day, closer to the end.

The two are party girls, in an office where even the most basic administrative tasks are difficult. The queen of the computer games, Zohar, is stuck in limbo and obsessed in the testosterone charged element for sex. She isn’t looking for love, although a tide me over, almost a vacation man to get her through her desert engagement would be acceptable.

As it is she is stuck, alone, a subordinate to Rama, played by Shani Klein, a motivated female officer among the ranks of the serious IDF men and she, with hopes of a military career is left to tend to the children assigned to run or ruin her office.

The two are admin nightmares, with a Lucy and Ethel comedic touch; they destroy almost everything they touch even without trying. Paperwork senses they are approaching and evaporates, the shredder never dies, and the staple gun becomes the high noon standoff when the two have a falling out.

Tagged Private Benjamin meets M.A.S.H. The girls are bored, lonely, with zero motivation, and subject to rules . . . which becomes the downfall.

It is funny, sardonic, humorous and mocking and there are moments of genuine concern as the drama in our comedic drama appears as PTSD shows up after an infiltrator, a lovelorn female follows her officer fling to the base, impersonate a soldier, confronts him and confesses undying affection to which he rejects. She distraught commits suicide.

Our core team not knowing how to respond believes her ghost has remained to assist them as they navigate the male soldiers.

“Zero Motivation” is funny, entertaining, comical and droll as the girls all find a way to get what they want no matter the length. An amusing look at life in the IDF, although safe to assume not accurate, with a sprinkle of seriously handsome men is enough to make a women want to enlist or at least think about it.

“Zero Motivation,” In Hebrew with English subtitles, depicts a suicide and has male full frontal scenes with movement.

“Zero Motivation,” the Best Narrative Winner and Nora Ephron winner at the Tribeca Film Festival, is playing in select cities. In New York, “Zero Motivation” can be seen at the Film Forum.

 

Haute Tease

  • Nancy Motes, Half-Sister of Julia Roberts, Found Dead

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Nancy Motes, the estranged half-sister of Academy Award winning actress Julia Roberts, was found dead over the weekend of an apparent overdose in the Los Angeles home of a friend where she was house-sitting.

     
  • NUIT #1 - An Emotional Journey of Modern Encounters from Award Winning Director Anne Emond

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    NUIT #1, from Canadian director Anne Emond, delves, deep and fast, into contemporary sexual encounters searching beyond the momentary pleasures of quick fix sex into the possibilities of permanency.

     
  • Toronto Mansion of former Newspaper Magnet Conrad Black Set For Auction

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    A grand and coveted historic Canadian mansion, privately located in Toronto's premier Bridle Path enclave, just 15 minutes outside of downtown Toronto, will be offered for sale at auction after 65 years of family lineage.

     
  • Wartime Presidents: Who Presided Over the Most Years of War

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Often, in times of war, a leader is judged on his ability to rally the nation think President Franklin Delano Roosevelt after Pearl Harbor or President Ronald Reagan’s “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” speech in West Berlin during the Cold War.  

  • The Academy Focuses A "Spotlight On Crafts: Music & Sound" In New York City

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present "Spotlight on Crafts: Music & Sound," a spring and summer series illuminating the art of sound for motion pictures and the significant influence it has in film.

Crime

  • Shooter Kills 12 at D.C. Navy Yard

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Washington DC dawn was disrupted when a former employee, dressed in military fatigues, accessed the U.S. Navy Yard and opened fire killing 12 and injuring eight before he was gunned down by police.

     
  • Jealousy Alleged Motive in Houston Family Massacre

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    A jealous former lover entered the Houston suburb home of his former girlfriend, through an unlocked window Saturday night, and proceeded to restrain and systemically execute every member of the family, including his own biological son.

     
  • Double Homicide Suspect Caught on Camera; Manhunt Widens

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The main suspect in the murders of Liberty German and Abigail Williams, the two Indiana teens killed while hiking on Delphi Historic Trail, has been identified and his image was captured on park surveillance.

     
  • Remains of Two Missing Pulled From Manhattan Gas Explosion Site

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The final two missing from last week’s gas explosion on Manhattan’s Lower East Side have been pulled from the rubble days after an alleged illegal gas tap set off a massive seven alarm inferno that killed two and injured 25.

     
  • PA Mom, Lover Held In Torture Murder of Toddler

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Scott McMillan, 3, according to the Chester County Township District Attorney Tom Hogan, was the victim of sadistic torture and repeated beatings, of which killed him after a beating spree that began after he refused to eat breakfast.

Theatre, Music, Books

  • San Diego Jazz Fest Features Traditional Jazz, Swing, Boogie Woogie, Rockabilly, Gospel, and Ragtime

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    San Diego, California, For Immedite Release - The San Diego Jazz Fest takes place November 26-November 30 and will feature over thirty bands and guest artists from across the U.S. playing for dancing and listening in seven venues.

     
  • The Art Of Discovery - Photographs By WireImage Co-Founder Jeff Vespa

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    LOS ANGELES, Ca. USA -  Jeff Vespa, co-founder of the largest entertainment photo agency in the world, WireImage and founder of Verge, will release his first monograph, The Art of Discovery, this October on Rizzoli International Publications.

     
  • LA Lakers Great Tommy Hawkins Pens Reflections from the Soul

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Tommy Hawkins, former Los Angeles Lakers legend who helped shape the dynasty of today, recently launched his first ever narrative book of poetry.

     
  • The Tall Trees of Paris Book Review - An Exquisite, Vibrant, Introduction to The New Parisian Art Scene

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Tall Trees of Paris, a flamboyant coffee table art book from Portland gallery owner and curator, Matt Wagner, introduces readers to the colorful world of Parisian artists from the point of view of the artists themselves.

     
  • Adventures on the Queen Mary Review - Stunning, Beautiful, A Must Have

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Adventures on the Queen Mary, by Dave Wooders with James Radford, a book for those who have dreamed of traveling the high seas, in all the style of a bygone era and the opulence of the Queens luxury.