Biography / Drama / History / War

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 54% · 104 reviews
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 91% · 50 ratings
IMDb Rating 6.4/10 10 1802 1.8K

Plot summary

Set during the tense 19 days of the Yom Kippur War in 1973, Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir is faced with the potential of Israel’s complete destruction. She must navigate overwhelming odds, a skeptical cabinet and a complex relationship with US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, with millions of lives in the balance. Her tough leadership and compassion would ultimately decide the fate of her nation and leave her with a controversial legacy around the world.

September 19, 2023 at 07:02 AM


Guy Nattiv

Top cast

Helen Mirren as Golda Meir
Liev Schreiber as Henry Kissinger
Camille Cottin as Lou Kaddar
Jaime Ray Newman as Henry Kissinger's Secretary
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921.93 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 40 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by housermichael 9 / 10

Helen Mirren is Golda Meir

I have been a fan of Helen Mirren's for a long time. I have liked her work in films such as "The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu", "Excalibur", "The Long Good Friday", "2010 the year we make contact", "The Mosquito Coast", and "The cook, the thief, his wife and her lover".

And of course she won the Oscar for "The Queen". And was nominated for "The madness of king George", "Gosford Park" and "The Last Station".

And it looks like she will be nominated again for her excellent performance in the new movie "Golda".

Transformed by makeup into looking very much like Golda Meir, her performance is compelling and believable.

Also with Liev Schreiber, from "The Painted Veil" and "Spotlight" as a very convincing Henry Kissinger.

The movie tells the story of Golda's struggle to deal with the Yom Kippur war in 1973.

It is a very good movie. Worth seeing for the performances alone. I recommend this film to anyone interested in the subject matter, or to anyone who is a fan of great acting.

Reviewed by ferguson-6 6 / 10

the weight of a country

Greetings again from the darkness. More than forty years have passed since the great Ingrid Bergman portrayed Israel Prime Minister Golda Meir in the TV miniseries, A WOMAN CALLED GOLDA (1982). Fighting through cancer during filming, it was Ms. Bergman's final role, and she won a posthumous Emmy for a performance that left quite a mark on this young (at the time) viewer. Guy Nattiv won an Oscar for his excellent short film, SKIN (2018), and here he takes on a narrow, yet vital window in the term of Golda Meir ... a time when the survival of her country was in jeopardy. The screenplay was written by Nicholas Martin (FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS, 2016).

Under heavy make-up and facial prosthetics, Oscar winner Helen Mirren expertly captures the essence of Golda Meir at a time she was carrying an unimaginable burden. The opening shoots through a quick slideshow of history before settling into 1973 and the escalating conflict between the Arab states (led by Egypt and Syria) and Israel. Despite the presence of some intelligence warning of such, Israel was caught off-guard by the surprise attack, and found themselves scrambling for the next 3 weeks - the period that makes up the core of the movie. Slump-shouldered and chain-smoking (sometimes defiantly), we see Golda making huge decisions between trips for lymphoma treatments. Her decisions would be the determining factor on how many soldiers would die, and whether Israel would remain independent.

It's the level and question of that intelligence that provides the film's framing structure of Golda Meir appearing before the Agranat Commission - a commission designed to render after-the-fact judgment on her decision-making and war strategy. As we witness, some of that strategy involves gut feelings and instincts, yet what the film makes clear is that Golda understands war kills real people - these aren't just numbers in a report. Included in these meetings are the Minister of Defense, Moshe Dyan (Rami Heuberger), Chief of Staff "Dodo" Elazar (Lior Ashkenazi), and Field General (and future Prime Minister) Ariel Sharon (Ohad Knoller). Camille Cotton plays Golda's longtime personal assistant Lou Kaddar, and some of the best scenes are the private conversations between U. S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger (Liev Schreiber) and Golda, as she pushes for assistance and support, with Kissinger in a tough spot.

This Yom Kippur War lasted barely three weeks, yet the profound stress of war-induced decisions is obvious in Golda, as is her stance as a tough leader. For her, this did not mean sacrificing human emotions, but rather being decisive, communicative, and surrounding yourself with a capable team ... although disloyalty in her administration is hinted at by some. Golda lived (just) long enough to witness the infamous Treaty signed by Menachim Begin and Answar Sadat, a treaty made possible through her leadership.

The film more closely resembles DARKEST HOUR (2017), with Gary Oldman's Oscar-winning performance as Winston Churchill during WWII, than THE QUEEN (2006), Ms. Mirren's own Oscar-winning turn as Queen Elizabeth. Actual newsclips are mixed in for historical perspective and the score by Dascha Dauenhauer leans heavily on dramatic stringed instruments. A final song by Leonard Cohen caps things off. While it's true that most of the storytelling doesn't reach the level of Ms. Mirren's performance, that performance is enough to convey the high stakes involved.

Opens on August 25, 2023.

Reviewed by schles-1 8 / 10

Up close and personal

Having experienced the Yom Kippur War living 10 minutes from Israel's border with both Syria and Jordan, I was very interested to see Golda. There is a lot in this film that captures aspects of Israeli mentality and culture, presented in such a subtle way that it is not until after viewing the film may become apparent to someone who reflects on what the film portrayed.

More than anything, however, Golda is about Golda. It might surprise some viewers to realize that much of her persona was shaped by having escaped the pogroms of what is now the Ukraine. She was only a child when her family came as immigrants to the US and the film shows a side of her haunted by what might have been had they not made it to a safer country.

Another interesting element of her story is illustrated by her exchanges with Henry Kissinger. To avoid a "spoiler" I will instead urge the viewer to pay close attention to the inter-actions between them, always behind closed doors.

Golda is a history lesson wrapped in a biography. It is solid film making with good writing, directing and an outstanding performance from Helen Mirren. It captures an amazing phenomenon: the experience of war time leadership born on the shoulders (and in the kitchen) of a woman who carried this burden with incredible courage, sensitivity, intelligence, and honesty.

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