MVFF '09: The Messenger


There aren’t many good movies involving the Iraq war. Though most are well-intentioned, The Messenger is only the second well-made one. Having death messengers as its characters, it powerfully deals with loss, grief and the disillusionment of patriotism.

Ben Foster and Woody Harrelson are perfect in their roles. Presenting scene after scene of wailing parents, the film helps us understand how one eventually get used to war casualty, and how maddening that is.

This is a capsule review from the film festival. We will have a full review when the film opens on November 13.

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Running time: 112
Country: US
Category: US Cinema
Directed by: Oren Moverman
Producers: Mark Gordon, Lawrence Inglee, Zach Miller, Ben Goldhirsh
Screenwriters: Oren Moverman, Alessandro Camon
Cinematographer: Bobby Bukowski
Editor: Alex Hall
Cast: Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson, Samantha Morton, Jena Malone, Eamonn Walker


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