A gripping psychological thriller that blends powerful performances and archival footage to tell the story of the tragic events that squashed the dream of peace between Israelis and Palestinians back in the 1990s. Perhaps President Bill Clinton’s most important moment was pushing the Israelis and Palestinians together to discuss peace. In September 1993, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin announced the Oslo Accords, aiming to achieve a lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians after decades of violence. But Yigal Amir, a law student and a devoted Orthodox Jew, couldn’t believe that his country’s leader would cede territory that, by the word of God, is Israel’s. As the prospect of a compromise approaches, Amir turns from a political activist to a dangerous extremist. Consumed by anger and delusions of grandeur, he recruits fighters and steals weapons to form an underground militia. After his longtime girlfriend leaves him, Amir becomes even more isolated, disillusioned, and bitter. He learns of an ancient Jewish law, the Law of the Pursuer, that he believes gives him the right to murder Yitzhak Rabin. Convinced he must stop the signing of the peace treaty in order to fulfill his destiny and bring salvation to his people, Amir’s warped mind sees only one way forward.
(Israel, 2019, 123 min., Hebrew with English Subtitles | Dir. Yaron Zilberman)