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Series / Prisoners of War

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Israeli drama series (originally titled Hatufim, literally "Abductees") dealing with the return and slow rehabilitation of three IDF soldiers who have spent 17 years as prisoners of Arab insurgents following their capture in Lebanon.

More-or-less served as the basis for the acclaimed Showtime series Homeland, which was actually developed with the creator of Hatufim. In contrast to its American successor, the series involves far fewer thriller elements and primarily focuses on the long recovery and readjustment of the soldiers after their prolonged trauma, and the effects their absence and sudden return has on their loved ones.

This series provides examples of:

  • Interrupted Suicide: Yael interrupts her own - she swallows a bottle of pills, but changes her mind and calls an ambulance before any serious harm is done
  • I Will Wait for You:
    • Talya waits patiently for her husband's return. Though her reunion with her husband is far from simple.
    • Ironically, it is Nurit who promised to wait for Uri before he left to perform active duty, but in her case, Absence Made The Heart Go Yonder.
  • Jerkass: Abdullah.
  • The Lad-ette: Dana. Rather aggressive sexually, very tomboyish.
  • Madonna-Whore Complex: The way the Israeli public treats Nurit, who remarried after Uri's kidnapping, in comparison to Talya, the "faithful wife", reeks of this trope. Good thing Nurit makes up her mind not to take it lying down.
  • Morality Pet: Ismail, Jamal's son, is one for Amiel.
  • Nervous Wreck: Uri barely speaks, jumps at sudden movements and noises, and has a tendency to huddle in corners.
  • Never Got to Say Goodbye: Uri's mother.
  • Our Presidents Are Different: An unnamed female Prime Minister greets Uri and Nimrode on their return. Though, of course, Israel's already had a woman as PM.
  • Prisoner Exchange: Uri and Nimrode are returned to Israel by exchanging terrorists for them, and not everyone in the country is happy about the trade
  • Protectorate: Uri is one for Nimrode. He kills Amiel (mostly) because the insurgents threatened Uri.
  • Sadistic Choice: The insurgents threatened to kill Uri unless Nimrode continued beating a weak, bleeding, and bound Amiel, until finally the latter died. Apparently.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran
  • Smug Snake: Abdullah.
  • Stepford Smiler: Talia.
  • Survivor Guilt: Nimrode suffers this in particular, as he is plagued by memories of his captors forcing him to kill Amiel with his bare hands.
  • These Hands Have Killed: Amiel does not take it well when Abdullah goads him into killing a "collaborator", who turns out to have been a child.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: Dana's hairstyle of choice. Iris also usually wears a ponytail when working in her capacity as an IDF operative, in contrast to her hairstyle when she acts as a Honey Trap for Uri.
  • Troubled Fetal Position: Both of the returnees on occasion, but Uri does this far more frequently.
  • Wham Episode: The Tape. Amiel is alive.
  • Wham Line: "Help...Me". Said by a thought to be dead Amiel after Nimrod beats him into unconsciousness.