Zero Motivation

Poster for Zero Motivation A zany, dark, & comedic portrait of everyday life for a unit of young, female Israeli soldiers. The Human Resources Office at a remote desert base serves as the setting for this cast of characters who bide their time pushing paper and battling in computer games, counting down the minutes until they can return to civilian life. Amidst their boredom and clashing personalities, issues of commitment - to friendship, love, and country - are handled with humor and sharp-edged wit.

Original title:
Efes beyahasei enosh
100 minutes
Talya Lavie

Shown at

  1. 12th Annual JCC Rockland International Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  2. 13º Punta del Este Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  3. 15th Festival of Israeli Cinema in Paris - 2015
  4. 18th CAJE Miami Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  5. 19th Annual Hartford Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  6. 19th Denver Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  7. 19th Jewish Film Festival of Southwest Florida - 2015
  8. 20th Annual East Bay Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  9. 21st Annual Harrisburg Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  10. 21st Annual International Jewish Film Festival (Eastern Connecticut) - 2015
  11. 25th Annual Orange County International Jewish Film Festival - 2014
  12. 25th Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  13. 27th Annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival - 2017
  14. Ames-Azalak Rochester Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  15. Atlanta Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  16. Boston Jewish Film Festival - 2014
  17. Cincinnati Jewish & Israeli Film Festival - 2015
  18. DPJCC's 15th Annual Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  19. Geneva International Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  20. Houston Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  21. Israel Film Festival New York - 2015
  22. Jüdische Filmtage Saarbrücken - 2015
  23. Jüdisches Filmfestival Wien - 2015
  24. Maine Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  25. Michiana Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  26. Monmouth County Israel Film Festival - 2014
  27. Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  28. Ring Family Wesleyan University Israel Film Festival - 2016
  29. San Francisco Jewish Film Festival - 2014
  30. SERET Internacional (Santiago) - 2015
  31. SERET Internacional (Santiago) - 2017
  32. Seret: The Amsterdam Israeli Film and Television Festival - 2015
  33. Seret: The German Israeli Film and Television Festival - 2020
  34. Spokane Jewish Cultural Film Festival - 2015
  35. Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival - 2014
  36. Virginia Festival of Jewish Film - 2015
  37. Westchester Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  38. Winnipeg International Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  39. XVII. Izraeli Filmhét - 2014

10 Responses

  1. jewishfilmfests says:

    Zero Motivation by Amy Kronish
    “This is not a sophisticated film, in fact, much of the behavior of the young women can be characterized as childish, catty and whining, and much of the script seems so predictable. But, when these women wield their automatic weapons — staple guns — watch out! It is certainly an enjoyable farce which lends a bit of insight into the situation of females in the Israeli military. ”

  2. jewishfilmfests says:

    ‘Zero Motivation’ Is the Best (Israeli Army) (Apolitical) (Noncombat) (Black) Comedy of the Year
    “In the U.S. they ask if it’s really like this,” the Israeli director Talya Lavie says of the Army comedy Zero Motivation, her gem of a debut film, which won Best Narrative Feature at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival and opens in America this week. “In Israel, they recognize it.”
    Full review:

  3. jewishfilmfests says:

    The 12 Indie Films You Must See This December
    Zero Motivation
    Why is it a “Must See”? Israeli filmmaker Talya Lavie steps into the spotlight with a dark comedy about everyday life for a unit of young female Israeli soldiers, and the result is the country’s answer to Altman’s “MASH,” albeit with more women. An offbeat comedy about several disgruntled female soldiers stationed at a remote human resources office in the middle of the desert, the movie engages with gender imbalance and satirizes the aimlessness of military bureaucracy while retaining a disarmingly personal quality.
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  4. jewishfilmfests says:

    Israeli Comedy Zero Motivation is a Female Office Space for the Intifada
    The thing about hating your job and not giving a shit is that it can happen to anyone, anytime — it might even explain the longueurs late in most two-term presidencies. In Talya Lavie’s bored, biting comedy Zero Motivation, aggrieved ennui hits right in the heart of the Intifada.

  5. jewishfilmfests says:

    Israeli writer-director Talya Lavie debuts with ‘Zero Motivation’

    Israeli cinema is rich with movies about war and the army. But even novel ones — Amos Gitai’s “Kippur” (2000) or Eytan Fox’s “Yossi & Jagger” (2002), for instance — are blood-soaked and male-dominated. Director Talya Lavie’s debut film, “Zero Motivation,” subverts the military genre by focusing on army secretaries stuck in a drab office, pushing pencils instead of pulling triggers.

  6. jewishfilmfests says:

    ‘Zero Motivation’: A Dark Comedy About Life in the Israeli Army

    Talya Lavie’s first feature film ‘Zero Motivation’ is a satirical look at the lives of three young women doing mandatory service in the Israeli Army. It has been a hit in Israel. It is now coming to the U.S.

  7. jewishfilmfests says:

    ‘Zero Motivation’ Director Surprised By Reaction Here
    omedy is serious business.

    Consider the new Israeli film “Zero Motivation,” which has its U.S. theatrical premiere here this week at Film Forum. A debut feature for writer-director Talya Lavie, it focuses on three hapless female members of the Israel Defense Forces stationed in a dead-end army camp in the middle of nowhere. They encounter everything from a glass ceiling for woman officers to sexual frustration, from date rape and the generally vile behavior of their male counterparts to the soul-grinding boredom of utterly pointless office work.


  8. jewishfilmfests says:

    Jennifer Prediger (Trouble Dolls) Talks Talya Lavie’s Zero Motivation

    A darkly funny portrait of young Israeli girls struggling through their military service announces the arrival of an exciting new directorial talent.

  9. jewishfilmfests says:

    The 11 Best Directorial Debuts of 2014

    For a director whose first feature film is called “Zero Motivation,” Talya Lavie has ambition and enthusiasm to spare. The Israeli female director and screenwriter has been making international headlines for her directorial debut about a group of young women serving their mandatory time in the Israeli Defense Forces. But don’t mistake “Zero Motivation” for your average war film. Lavie’s satirical characters are bored, sullen and serving their country by filing papers and pouring coffee in an administrative office. Loosely inspired by Lavie’s own experience in IDF, “Zero Motivation” impressed critics and audiences at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival where it took home the award for Best Narrative Feature. Lavie was also awarded the Nora Ephron Prize given to a female director with a distinguished voice.

  10. jewishfilmfests says:

    ‘Zero Motivation’: An art film by and about women
    When filmmaker Talya Lavie was growing up in the 1980s, Israel had only one television channel. Lavie got her initial film education watching the same movies over and over again: Among her favorites were Federico Fellini’s “The Nights of Cabiria” and Jim Sheridan’s drama “In the Name of the Father,” about the Irish Republican Army — and the entire “Monty Python” oeuvre.

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