Zero motivation (Efes beyahasei enosh)

What a pleasant surprise Zero motivation is! A Israeli comedy about out of control female soldiers? Yes, it’s possible. Best friends Zohar (Dana Ivgy) and Daffi (Nelly Tagar) are stationed at a remote desert base. All Daffi thinks or talks (and whines) about is the transfer to Tel Aviv she’s waiting for. Instead of doing the job she’s was assigned, Zohar compulsively plays Minesweeper. Their story is segmented into chapters. In the first one, for instance, Daffi thinks her transfer is imminent since her replacement has arrived. In their office, Zohar and Daffi have to deal with co-workers as unmotivated as they are. Two of them file their nails while gossiping and singing an never-ending barrage of pop songs. And there is their frustrated leader, Rama (Shani Klein) breathing down their necks. Trying to control this useless bunch is one thing, but Rama also has to be agreeable to male officers’ requests to, for instance, serve coffee In another chapter, Zohar is convinced she is the only woman at the base who is still a virgin. The acting from Zero motivation‘s three leading ladies is great. As the film progresses, Dana Ivgy’s Zohar goes from crazy to crazier, and becomes totally out of control. She is well supported by Tagar and Klein. This is a promising debut for writer-director Talya Lavie. After countless comedies about guys with bad behaviors (Bill Murray in Ivan Reitman’s 1981 film Stripes best among them), women can also behave badly. It’s about time!

Rémi-Serge Gratton

 

Zero motivation (Efes beyahasei enosh)

 

Directed by: 
Talya Lavie
 
Screenplay by: 
Talya Lavie
 
Starring: 
Dana Ivgy
Nelly Tagar
Shani Klein
Hel Twito
Meytal Gal
Tamara Klingon
Yonit Tobi
 
100 min.
 
Rated 14A
 
In Hebrew with English subtitles.

 

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