Rabin, The Last Day Review - AVClub

AVClub: Not quite a documentary and not remotely a conventional drama, Amos Gitai’s Rabin, The Last Day spends two-and-a-half enervating hours dissecting the 1995 assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Unlike the recent docudrama Parkland, which attempted to recreate the aftermath of John F. Kennedy’s assassination in minute detail, Gitai’s film has little or no interest in generating tension or pathos. It’s essentially an investigation, with much of its hefty running time devoted to verbatim reconstructions of testimony delivered before the Shamgar Commission, this tragedy’s equivalent to the Warren Commission. Gitai’s scrupulous dedication to the facts is admirable, especially since he doesn’t hide his lingering sorrow and anger at Rabin’s murder, nor his conviction that the assassination effectively scuttled what might have been real progress toward peace in the Middle East. But the movie is almost literally a trial to watch, demonstrating all the passion and excitement of an unedited C-SPAN broadcast.

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