Entertainment 'Zero Motivation' movie review: An Israeli 'Office Space' Nelly Tagar as Daffi in "Zero Motivation," a film by Talya Lavie. Photo Credit: Zeitgeist Films By ROBERT LEVIN email@example.com @rlevin85 December 4, 2014 4:59 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email So much of the narrative out of Israel centers on the longstanding conflict that it's easy to forget people live there: regular, ordinary folks just trying to get through the day and find a measure of contentment in their lives. The comedy "Zero Motivation" has been widely described as "Office Space" meets the Israeli Army. There's validity there, in the ways writer-director Talya Lavie depicts the droning ennui engulfing women soldiers suffering in the administration office of a desert base. Divided into three chapters and centered on pals Zohar (Dana Ivgy) and Daffi (Nelly Tagar), the picture explores the gender gap in the military as well as the disconnect between the ideals of compulsory service and the realities of days spent delivering coffee and shredding documents. Lavie emphasizes the details of this place and the ways they fray the mind: there's clutter everywhere, suffocating sand and shots of characters utterly possessed by the glow of minesweeper and other computer games. The soldiers are brutal to one another; insulting, thoughtless and unafraid of menacingly wielding a staple gun. One character dreams of a transfer to Tel Aviv; another conspires to lose her virginity. Chopin is used ironically, applying jarring romantic overtones to a relationship that certainly doesn't warrant it. There's no discipline here, no higher sense of purpose or resolve. Only a group of people thrust together in an awkward situation and aimlessly passing time. It's cynical but it translates well. They're Israeli soldiers but they could be you or me. The minutes, hours and days blend together and the movie achieves something profound in the malaise. ‘Zero Motivation’ 3 stars Directed by Talya Lavie Starring Danna Ivgy, Nelly Tagar, Shani Klein Unrated By ROBERT LEVIN firstname.lastname@example.org @rlevin85 Robert, amNewYork's Editor-in-Chief, has been with the team in one capacity or another for more than a decade. He also reviews movies and writes entertainment features. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.