A thoughtful period drama that delicately probes the psychological fallout of the First World War. It explores the experiences of two poet-soldiers; a working class lad who's risen through the ranks; and the military doctor who treats them. The doctor's job is to help the men cope with the horrors of battle so they can be returned to the very war that drove them mad in the first place. He's confronted by a further challenge with one of the poets: The outspoken writer is clearly quite sane, but he's made a public statement condemning the war, so his superiors have packed him off to the ''loony bin'' to discredit him. Faced with exorcising the demons as well as the moral issues in trying to convince the poet to recant, the doctor edges dangerously close to shellshock himself.
105 minutes, No persons under 10
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Jonathan Pryce, James Wilby, Johnny Lee Miller, Stuart Bunce, David Hayman
|Screenplay||Allan Scott, from the novel by Pat Barker|
|Produced by||British Broadcasting Corporation, Rafford Films, The Scottish Film Production Fund, Scottish Arts Council National Lottery Fund, The Glasgow Film Fund, Norstar Entertainment Inc., Téléfilm Canada |
|South African Media|
|Cape TimesWilhelm Snyman||20|
|The StarDarryl Accone||16|
|Die BurgerGabriël Botma||15|
|TV3 ScreenplayBarry Ronge||16|
|eye Weekly (Canada)Gemma Files||10|
|Box Office (USA)L.J. Strom||10|
|Empire (UK)Bob McCabe||15|
|Film Review (UK)Helen van Kruyssen||10|
|Average .. 72%||14|
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