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Monday, July 30, 2012

The Messenger by Oren Moverman, 2009 (R)

with Ben Foster (Contraband, Pandorum), Woody Harrelson (The Hunger Games, Game Change), Samantha Morton (Minority Report), Steve Buscemi (Fargo), Jena Malone, Eamonn Walker, Yaya DaCosta, Peter Francis James, Lisa Joyce

An injured soldier is paired with a by-the-book captain to notify families of their loss — a job that bonds them as they debate differing views on serving America. At odds at first, the two find common ground while facing life's variety of battles.

A different perspective on the army, after so many movies trying to portray the coming back of soldier after Irak, their disconnection to the "real" world, the distance in creates for good with  friends back home, the bound they have with other soldiers and the addiction the army somehow creates among its people, the rupture, the traumas, and finally death. How to deal with death and in this movie in particular, how to deal with the families of their deaths, how to relate without feeling responsible, how to behave when one is having a serious breakdown, how to not get attached, affected. It is a heavy movie, where nothing happy can happen. Still, they live again, they continue in this life, carrying each others, caring for each other. Very troubling.

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