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Foxtrot (2017) Poster

(II) (2017)

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Israel's submission to the Foreign Language Film Award of the 90th Annual Academy Awards.
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According to Samuel Maoz, the film was concieved as three episodes: The first sequence should shock and shake, the second should hypnotise, and the third should be moving.
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Samuel Maoz described the film as a "philosophical puzzle".
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The announcement of the death of a child in the beginning of the film comes from an incident that happened to Samuel Maoz. Every day, his eldest daughter would wake up late for school, and every day she would then ask him to call a taxi for her, and it started to cost them quite a bit of money. It seemed to Sameul Moaz like it was affecting her education, so one morning he refused to get her a taxi and told her to take a bus like everyone else. Her bus was line 5. About half an hour after she left, he heard that a terrorist had blown up a line 5 bus, and dozens of people had been killed. He tried to call her, but of course the telecoms service had stopped working because of the sheer volume of calls. So what happened was, with the words of Samuel Maoz, that he "went through the worst hour of his life. It was worse than all his time at war put together". An hour later, she returned home; she had just missed the bus that exploded.
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Each of the three sequences reflect the character leading that sequence. The first sequence reflects the character of the dad, Michael; it is a sharp, cold, thick, symmetrical sequence, made up of long and accurate shots. The third sequence is more strongly related to the mother; it uses blues, and is soft and warm. Jonathan's sequence, the middle one, floats a few inches above the ground like the inner world of an artist caught up in dreams.
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According to Samuel Maoz, the foxtrot is the dance of a man with his fate. It is the kind of dance where there are many variations, but they all end up at the same starting point.
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