The tone of Z32 is deceptively playful, but documentary veteran Avi Mograbi broaches some serious issues. A young soldier, once a member of an elite unit of the Israeli army, was involved in a retaliatory action that killed various Palestinian policemen. The man regrets what happened and wonders if he can be forgiven. In this "musical-documentary-tragedy," as Mograbi calls Z32, he alternates interviews with the soldier and his girlfriend with scenes in which Mograbi uses song to comment on his own film. Do I give the floor to a killer, he wonders, accompanied by a small orchestra in his living room. Mograbi's wife doesn't like it one bit. Mograbi experiments with different ways to make the soldier and his girlfriend unrecognisable, perhaps to illustrate that he, too, is looking for answers. "Do you think I'm a murderer?" the man asks his girlfriend. She doesn't know. Anyhow, their anonymity Mograbi eventually gives them a computer-animated mask lifts the question about guilt and absolution above this one individual: after all, couldn't anybody be behind that mask?
Serge Lalou for Les Films d'Ici, Avi Mograbi for Avi Mograbi Films