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, Didier Le Pecheur, Isabel Ellsen, collaboration with Michael Katims, based on the book by Isabel Ellsen. Cinematography by Nicola Pecorini. Produced by Elie Chouraqui, Albert Cohen. Music by Bruno Coulais, Cliff Eidelman. Production Design by Giantito Burchiellaro. Costume Design by Mimi Lempicka. Film Editing by Baxter, Emmanuelle Castro, Jacques Witta.
Andie MacDowell plays the wife of a combat photographer (David Strathairn) 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 (Adrien Brody, 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.