Somewhere in a Middle Eastern desert, a truck carrying a Dutch military convoy breaks down. A small group of soldiers is ordered to stay with the wreck. As they wait for a repair team, they mistake a goat for an adversary and shoot it dead in the bushes. The repair team doesn’t arrive, but a 14-year-old boy, the goat’s owner (Omar Alwan), does. He latches onto the band of soldiers, demanding proper compensation for his goat. After losing contact with their base, the group is forced to split up, leaving three young soldiers—Erik (Joes Brauers), Roy (Spencer Bogaert), and Thomas (Tobias Kersloot)—behind with the truck and their unwanted companion.
Taut and gripping, Do Not Hesitate turns wide-open terrain into a simmering crucible. Nearly every frame of Nadim Carlsen’s cinematography is an astounding image, strikingly composed and cutting through to something human. Director Shariff Korver, working from a script by Jolein Laarman, has created a film that’s both an incisive psychological study and a chilling parable. —Frederic Boyer
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Shariff Korver grew up in both Venezuela and the Netherlands. His filmography includes titles such as Temple, Fenix, and The Intruder.