Harrison’s Flowers (2000)

ELIE CHOURAQUI

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

France, 2000.   7 Films Cinéma, Canal+, France 2 Cinéma, Sept Films Cinema, Sirena Film, StudioCanal.  Screenplay by Elie Chouraqui, , , collaboration with Michael Katims, based on the book by Isabel Ellsen.  Cinematography by .  Produced by Elie Chouraqui, .  Music by , .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , , .  

 plays the wife of a combat photographer () who is reported missing during an assignment in Vukovar during the Balkan war. Believing him still alive, she recklessly makes a trip over to the former Yugoslavia and searches the country for him herself, risking rape and death looking for the man she knows in her heart is still alive. Assisting her on her journey is her husband’s colleague (, stealing the show), a man who risks everything to protect this woman who is definitely in way over her head. The scenes of battle are so realistically produced you will actually feel like you’re in them, making for what is most impressive about the experience. Shame then, that the end plays like obvious Hollywood melodrama and ruins the good memories. Not as good as The Killing Fields or No Man’s Land, but it definitely should be seen.

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