Image of Victory (2021) Movie Review

Director: Avi Nesher

Writer: Avi Nesher (Screenplay) Liraz Brosh, Ehud Bleiberg (True Events & Story)

Starring: Joy Rieger, Amir Khoury, Ala Dakka, Elinana Tidhar, Tom Avni, Meshi Kleinstein

Plot: This is the story of the temporary loss of Kibbutz Nitzanim to the Egyptian forces in the war of 1948. The story is told from both points of view: 1. An Egyptian propaganda film maker on the front, 2. The Kibbutz community.

Runtime: 2 Hours 8 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Image of Victory starts as we meet Egyptian journalist Mohamed Hassanein Heikal (Khoury) who has become a newsreel for the battle of Nitzanim, where he is assigned to help motivate the generals in believing they are doing the right thing. On the other side of this battle is Mira Ben-Ari (Rieger) who has the connection with the community, that will help motivate them to do the right thing to fight for what is right for them.

Thoughts on Image of Victory

ThoughtsImage of Victory is a unique war movie, showing both sides of a conflict, showing how two main people in the war saw the situation and looked to use their own influence to motivate the people around them. Both sides get a chance to show what they want to achieve from their part in the conflict, be it Mira’s wanting to keep the community together, or Mohamed wanting to show war from a neutral point of view, showing what it is causing to people just wanting to defend their homes. It does show the importance of every conflict the world has seen, showing how people learned about things, showed the truth and help create a better world, even with sacrifice. The performances in this movie are strong, with the two leads getting the spotlight, with the supporting cast being a welcome addition on screen.

Signature Entertainment presents Image of Victory on Digital Platforms 23rd May.

Final Thoughts Image of Victory is an important look at conflict from two sides.

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