Who's in It:
Neama Shendar, Smadar Sayar
The Basics: Two Israeli teenage girls, working through their one-year term of compulsory military service, spend their time trying to avoid work and doing some standard-issue growing-up stuff. Think a much less funny Clerks but with bombs.
What's the Deal? Normally, I'm not on board with coming-of-age movies, because, really, how many times can you watch that? The lesson is always that life sucks and you can learn that from watching Showgirls any time you want and that you have to grow up and deal with it. But this one's kind of a novelty act in that it's also a buddy movie about women being drafted into the army.
What Else Is Good About It: The intrusion of the truly frightening prospect of death while dealing with an otherwise mundane year of national service doesn't turn it into a pro-Israel or pro-Palestinian tract. It keeps the personal stuff on the front burner, sort of like Paradise Now, the Palestinian movie about the personal lives of a couple of young, potential-suicide-bombing best friends. That would be a double feature to remember.
What's Not: The coming-of-age clichés do pop up with regularity, so it's not like you haven't seen a lot of movies like this one, regardless of the fresh setting.
For Fans Of: Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai. You thought I was going to say Private Benjamin, I know.