Mark (Colin Farrell), a war photographer, returns home from Kurdistan without his friend and colleague David (Jamie Sives). As time goes on, it becomes clear that Mark holds the key to the truth of David’s disappearance.
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War (melo)drama. Noble & elegant participation (and one of the latest) of Christopher LEE, at 86. === Guerre, mélodrame. Avec la participation pleine de noblesse (et l'une des dernières) de Christopher LEE, à 86 ans.
A conventional, distinctly old school-style treatment of a powerful story, making the most of its obvious budgetary constraints by showing the emotional impact of violence rather than its enactment. Farrell is superb in the main role, and it is him that makes the film memorable.
So in summary, Colin Farrell and bloke go taking photos, getting well in peoples faces in Kurdistan. then something happens, Colin Farrell goes home alone,he forgets how to walk and forgets about his missing mate for ages. Then Christopher Lee turns up, and he makes Colin Farrell remember what happened, and in the end everybody is sad. Including me.
An interesting real-life conflict is the base of the story as Colin Farrell do a realistic character as a war photographer with post-traumatic stress. Christopher Lee has one of his biggest roles for the last twenty years and has some of the film's better dialogue and was way more interesting than the girl friend. A graphic, grim and disturbing production of what war do to people - ruined by its obvious outcome.
Great war shots and commentary on the very active role of the observer: you cannot just stand back and take photos. What you do has a real effect both on you and on those being watched. The film is unfortunately betrayed in parts by simplistic writing and dialogue, as well as dubious characters (the grandfather).
Tanovic's No Man's Land however still remains unsurpassed in his own repertoire as his best film.