"You Can’t Escape Deadly Fate"
What You Need To Know:
FOXTROT has a striking story with some powerful images and spurts of comedy. Some of the comedy is surrealistic. However, despite a couple redemptive elements, the movie has a strong humanist worldview. It ends on a humanist note of tragedy brought about by a quirk of fate that offers little comfort. There’s also some lewd, explicit content in one sequence. Finally, FOXTROT contains a politically correct attitude toward Israel and its military that seems somewhat Anti-Semitic.
FOXTROT is an Israeli movie about a family with a son in the military that suffers a tragedy by a quirk of fate. FOXTROT has a striking story with some powerful images and spurts of comedy, but it also has a humanist worldview with some explicit, lewd content and images. It offers a depressing view of the human condition, plus a politically correct attitude toward Israel that seems Anti-Semitic.
The movie opens with a middle-aged Israeli couple getting news from the military of their son’s death while on duty. The news devastates the father and especially the mother. Also, the father gets unduly angry with the help the military officials are trying to give him.
The father gets even more angry when the military officials learn that the son is still alive. They had the wrong man!
Cut to the isolated rural checkpoint where their son works. Quirks of fate lead to two more tragedies, resulting in a depressing ending that doesn’t offer much comfort.
FOXTROT has a striking story with some powerful images and spurts of comedy. Some of the comedy is surrealistic. For instance, the name of the checkpoint is Foxtrot and in one scene a soldier starts dancing the Foxtrot and then doing other dance moves while caressing his rifle.
However, the movie has a strong humanist worldview. For example, despite a couple, somewhat positive mentions of God, discussion about feeling shame and guilt for having sinned, and a mention of forgiveness, the movie ends on a humanist note of tragedy brought about by a quirk of fate that ultimately offers little comfort. Also, the son tells a lewd, shameful story his father relayed to him, which is illustrated by lewd cartoon images drawn by the son. Finally, the son’s military superiors cover up a tragedy that occurs at the checkpoint. This situation is a politically correct attack on Israel and its military that seems rather Anti-Semitic, because it mostly blames Israel.