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Posted October 1, 2010
A MASTERPIECE! EASILY ONE OF THE BEST WAR DRAMAS IN THE LAST 20 YEARS
This film belongs up there with the likes of other great war films. The fact that it received so little publicity due to the climate surrounding it was a shame because this is a great film regardless of when it was released. The strong undertones of love and courage easily makes the film compelling and the realistic war images convey the desperate nature of the film. Although it will be overlooked, this is Adrien Brody's best film next to the Pianist. Andie McDowell is fearless and shows her versatility and ability to carry a strong character. Harrison's Flowers is a thought provoking triumph that makes you care about situations that we probably would normally shun our eye to. A BEAUTIFUL MOVIEWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
Brutal, Honest and Redemptive
For those cynics who thought Andie MacDowell was a light-weight semi-talented actress, think again. This thought-provoking story illustrates the grisly underbelly of the Bosnian conflict that most Americans didn't care enough to learn more about. MacDowell's character is plunged into this scenario when her photojournalist husband vanishes. She has been told he is dead. But, loving him as deeply as she does, the character thrusts herself into this foreign place convinced that if her husband were dead, she would instinctively feel a void. The void is missing; her quest has begun. MacDowell is admirable and brave in the face of war's vulgarity, but she also eloquently displays her shock at the inhumanity of the circumstances. Sarah, the character, would have inevitably met her demise if it weren't for the supporting characters in the drama who, eventually are bound to help even though they all believe she should go back to America. Adrien Brody is extremely effective in his ''pre-Pianist'' supporting role who peers through his own cynicism to recognize the love MacDowell's character has for her missing husband, Harrison. The flowers metioned in the title bring the story full circle. Although I am not a war movie fan, the performances and the urgency of the film's material are more than worth a look. That said, there are some very disturbing and dehumanizing head-on observations with brutal war imagery. Don't be diswayed. The beauty of the film lies in the fact that love, courage and hope can permeate even the most desperate of places. This movie is based on true events that occurred before the Danny Pearl incident. It also makes a statement that a movie company would not want to profit on the unfortunate events and withheld the release of the DVD. I would highly recommend it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.