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13th Green Mountain Film Festival: The Messenger

Wed Mar 24th , 2010 6:15pm-8:15pm
Savoy Theater
Venue: Savoy Theater
26 Main St, Montpelier, VT 05602 (Map) (Set as Local)
13th Green Mountain Film Festival: <i>The Messenger</i> Montpelier Vermont

The New Yorker: "Captain Tony Stone (Woody Harrelson, nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar), a brusque Army lifer, and Staff Sergeant Will Montgomery (Ben Foster), a coiled, secretive Iraq-war veteran, work together at one of the armed forces' most difficult jobs: telling parents and spouses that a loved one has been killed in Iraq. There's an excruciatingly obvious but unavoidable irony here: the movie itself has taken on the unwelcome task of telling its audience what it doesn't want to hear-news of the way families get hit by an unending war. This is a fully felt, morally alert, marvelously acted piece of work. Harrelson, with his eye-popping glare and acetylene voice, takes his usual wild-man character deep into melancholy and loneliness; the mesmerizing Foster, whose eyes seem to look inward and outward at the same time, eases the tense, guilty war hero back into life. The two form an uneasy, carousing friendship. The visits to the families are done with great delicacy, but great courage, too, and after a while we feel not like voyeurs but like participants. The director, Oren Moverman (a veteran of the Israeli Army), is clearly a whiz with actors." Sponsored by The Black Door. 105 minutes.
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