In the city of Jerusalem, soldiers patrol the streets and perform routine ID checks. It is a place on constant terror alert, and the military presence helps to maintain a defense against the Palestinian threat. In the Israeli film Close to Home, most of these female soldiers are like Smadar (Smadar Sayar), a woman apathetically serving her compulsory duty who would rather goof off during her shift than confront Arabs. Recognized by her superiors as a possible slacker, Smadar is partnered up with a goody-goody named Mirit (Neama Shendar), who none of the women like. Just as in every other story of a mismatched pair forced to work together, the two slowly become friends.
Close to Home is no buddy-cop, action-comedy, though. Basically it follows the same pattern of the genre, but it leaves out the action and the comedy so all that is left is a predictable narrative with no entertainment appeal. Even with its likeable, attractive leads, the film is a lifeless effort from writer-directors Vidi Bilu and Dalia Hagar.