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      2009 1 hr. 33 min. Documentary List
      40% 5 Reviews Tomatometer 65% 250+ Ratings Audience Score Filmmaker Amos Gitai examines the history of armed conflict in Israel. Read More Read Less

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      Audience Member This confusing collection of sometimes surreal vignettes appears to be an autobiographical reflection by its Israeli director, mixed with recreations of a battle between Romans and Jews and poetry read by Jean Moreau. There are a few interesting moments, like when an Israeli and a Palestinian carry on a "conversation" in which each delivers a separate monologue, but mostly, it's people you can't place reading letters from relatives you don't know. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Audience Member Saw this one at TIFF 2009. It's as if the director had notes for a script and decided to film the notes. I never give a half star review because I think one star sums up how horrible a film can be. Not this one. This is hands down the worst movie I've ever seen. I will never give a half star review again for as long as I live because I don't think anybody could make a movie that's worst then this one. Horrible. Absolutely horrible. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member I have seen many films. Some great. Many terrible. But until I watched Carmel I could not claim I had a clear cut "worst movie I've ever seen". However, now I have such a barometer, a lower end of the range, and for that I must thank Amos Giati. This is the worst movie I've ever seen in my life. Worse than Plan 9 From Outer Space, worse than Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, worse than Ultraviolet. It's the sort of film that makes me want to go through my list of reviews and give everything an additional half star, because I now know what a truly awful film is, and no other movie can really approach the lack of quality, the sheer unwatchability of this one. I went the the North American premiere of this (lucky me), and (after dozing off for a couple of minutes in the middle of it) was amused by the steady stream of people leaving in the middle of the film. One couple accidentally almost went through the emergency exit, which would have triggered the fire alarm. If only they had. No, this movie was pure art house trash. So Carmel, I am actually happy I've seen you, because you are the Worst Film Ever. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      V.A. Musetto New York Post Carmel will be embraced by Gitai fans, who are familiar with his work and ideas. Casual moviegoers will be perplexed. Rated: 2/4 Jan 14, 2010 Full Review Stephen Holden New York Times An impressionistic family chronicle with a tender heart. Rated: 3.5/5 Jan 13, 2010 Full Review David Fear Time Out Gitai has never been shy about adding autobiographical elements to his dramas, which only underlines Carmel's central irony: His most blatantly personalized movie feels like his least personal statement to date. Rated: 2/5 Jan 13, 2010 Full Review Mark Keizer Boxoffice Magazine In an era of impersonal filmmaking, Carmel is as personal as a movie can be without naked body parts. Rated: 3/5 Jan 22, 2010 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis Filmmaker Amos Gitai examines the history of armed conflict in Israel.
      Amos Gitai
      Executive Producer
      Michael Tapuah, Laurent Truchot
      Amos Gitai
      Original Language
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Dec 20, 2016
      Sound Mix
      Dolby SRD
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