ZERO MOTIVATION (2014): Review by Jan Lisa Huttner

Two young women are assigned to the HR Dept at a remote military outpost. Yes, they are soldiers in the mighty Israeli army, but they spend most of their time pushing paper and playing computer games.

Hilarious consequences ensue… By the time Zohar (Dana Ivgy) & Daffi (Nelly Tagar)—armed with staple guns—had their final shoot-out, I was laughing through my tears. (JLH: 4.5/5)

Totally exhilarating MUST SEE film written & diected by Talya Levie. Click HERE for our FF2 Haiku. Highly Recommended by BOTH of us 🙂

Review by FF2 Editor-in-Chief Jan Lisa Huttner

From my post “Tzivi reviews Zero Motivation” for JUF ONLINE

What makes Zero Motivation so special? On the most basic level, Zero Motivation is a hilarious look at the role of women in the Israeli military, rightly compared to Robert Altman’s much-loved black comedy M*A*S*H. But dig deeper, and it is also an insightful peek into the current state of Israeli society as a whole, as well as an even more universal look at the role of women in most of today’s “advanced” Western democracies. (What’s missing here in both the microcosm and the macrocosm is the religious element, and that is only because religious women are not required to serve in the Israeli military. But few religious women fully participate in public life in any country, so I would argue that religious women are in fact represented in Zero Motivation by their very absence.)

Click here to read my complete review for JUF ONLINE

Top Photo: Armed with a staple gun, “Zohar” (Dana Ivgy) goes over the edge.

Bottom Photo: “Daffi” (Nelly Tagar) tries to make it through yet another training session.

Photo Credits: Courtesy of Zeitgeist Films

Q: Does Zero Motivation pass the Bechdel Test? RedA


While there are certainly men in this film–men who serve on the base as well as men who visit the base–they are definitely secondary characters.

Zero Motivation is totally centered on the relationships between women at various levels in the hierarchy, and how the cope–or fail to cope–with the tedious tasks assigned to them by the Macho Military.

Tags: Dana Ivgy, Nelly Tagar, Talya Lavie, Zero Motivation

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