On the surface Close to home is a deceptively simple film. It shows two young women’s growing friendship while serving in the army in Israel. One of them seems to be careless and rebellious and the other is subdued and quiet. Eventually they warm up to each other, gain each other trust, get close to each other and even influence each others’ behavior. Under the surface however the movie makes us accept and live with the circumstances of Israel’s day-to-day struggle with terrorism. It is shown in the background, as de facto part of life with relatively little relation to the story itself. I sense though that another real message (beyond that opposite personalities can coexist peacefully) is that this situation has a heavy toll on every aspect on life. On all sides.