Harrison's Flowers 2007 R CC

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Andie MacDowell (FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL) stars in the compelling story of one woman's determination to find her husband Harrison (David Strathairn, L.A. CONFIDENTIAL), a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist.

Andie MacDowell, Elias Koteas
2 hours 2 minutes

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Harrison's Flowers

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Genres Military & War, Drama, Romance
Director Élie Chouraqui
Starring Andie MacDowell, Elias Koteas
Supporting actors Brendan Gleeson, Adrien Brody, David Strathairn, Alun Armstrong, Caroline Goodall, Diane Baker, Quinn Shephard, Marie Trintignant, Christian Charmetant, Gerard Butler, Scott Anton, Christopher Clarke, Dragan Antonic, Marie-Béatrice Bernert, Antony Boehm, Predrag Bjelac, Kurt Cramer, Nicole Estabrooks
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By John Harrison on January 23, 2004
Format: DVD
I watched this movie for two reasons: I like Andie MacDowell and my last name is Harrison.
I liked this movie because I am a Viet nam vet that fought in Tet and therefore I have some considerable experience with war in a city, or as the Army used to call it War in a Built Up Area. If you have actually seen this kind of war, the movie is frighteningly accurate and like war, necessisarily fragmentary and incomplete.
For example, in one perfect and horrific, scene Andie MacDowell and her two journalist companions are moving through a city to find a hospital where her husband may be. They come upon a situation: a young child, probably a girl runs out of a building in front of them. A soldier follows her out of the building, and kills her. War's brutality? Certainly. A killing mad soldier, killing an innocent child. Possibly. But, even more likely, the scene represents wars brutality on multiple levels. If you knew that the child had just thrown a hand grenade and the soldier escaped it but his buddy, or even more likely in this kind of war, his actual brother did not would that change the nature of the scene for you? Or, if that was true and you knew that the child had another hand grenade, or a pistol, would that change your impression of the meaning of the scene? And how about that soldier many years later as he looks down at his own child, assuming he survives the war, will he be able to forget the look on that other chid's face as he shot her? However good his reason and in real war there are many reasons that can make such an act necessary, will he be able to forget, or will it haunt him. This kind of awful situation, but not unusual situation, is precisely why William T. Sherman said that "War is Hell.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Scheer on March 3, 2008
Format: DVD
This 2-hour French production with an American cast is an odd combination of a blithely impossible action plot played against a chilling reality. When a world-famous photographer is reported killed in the war-torn former Yugoslavia, his wife flies off from their comfortable home in Westchester to find him and bring him back alive. The best that can be said about this Hollywood-style storyline is that it provides a reason to accomplish something very different - to portray the ghastly truth of ethnic warfare as it took place in the Balkans in the early 1990s and the role of news photographers who risked their lives to capture it with their cameras.

Plunged into Croatia as Vukovar was being overrun by Serbs, the characters take the audience into a hell where everyone - men, women, children - must kill or be killed. We are witness to atrocities and inhumanities that take the breath away. While war in the movies has often been played for thrill-packed adventure - even anti-war films - this one leaves you with a sense of powerlessness in the face of unimaginable horror. Urban warfare and ethnic cleansing cease being abstract concepts. We see their portrayal with our own eyes, and the efforts of one American woman to retrieve her husband in the midst of it all are dwarfed by comparison. Worth seeing anyway for what CNN missed.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Carol C. VINE VOICE on March 15, 2003
Format: DVD
Reviewer: A viewer from Kansas City, MO
This gripping film is a tribute to the 40+ journalists who died covering the war in the Balkans. The story centers around Andie MacDowell's character's search for her Pulitzer-award-winning photographer husband, who was reportedly killed when a building collapses in the war. Sarah Lloyd (Andie) is convinced that her husband is still alive, so she leaves behind her two young children & her job at Newsweek to venture to Serb-held Vukovar to find him. Her journey is fraught with violence -- shortly after she crosses into Yugoslavia, she encounters a Serb roadblock, where her hitchhiker/passenger/guide, a charming Croatian student in Paris returning to find his wife & baby, is needlessly executed, the rented Audi is crushed by a tank, and Sarah barely escapes rape. She is "rescued" by fellow journalists, and undaunted, continues her seeming suicide mission to find her husband in Vukovar. The violence in this film rivals anything you'll find on screen (think two hours of the opening scene of Saving Private Ryan) and you'll hear the ... word at least once a minute -- but it is well worth seeing. It will foster an appreciation of what photojournalists go through to document history, putting themselves at risk certainly as much as the soldiers, without the support & protection of an Army being them (albeit voluntarily). My only concern is that the film may oversimplify the issues underlying the conflict -- it depicts Serbs as evil and Croats as - - well, not evil, providing a relatively safe haven for the journalists. However, the film is not so much about the conflict itself as it is about the sacrifices of the journalists covering the conflict.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By giovanni on August 17, 2002
Format: DVD
Quitte a few years after the end of the yugoslavic civil war , director's Chouraqui movie brings once more back to our memory the biggest tragedy of the Balkans' recent history . Harrison is a journalist whose traces have been lost during a job mission to the then united Yugoslavia . Witnesses claim he is dead yet his wife , Sarah ( MacDowell ) is not conviced . She still believes he is alive and takes a long , risky journey to Vukovar in order to find him .
Harrison's Flowers presents war in all it's horrow . It's well-made , brutal and realistic film concerning an always opportune subject. Director Chouraqui dezerves congratulations for chosing to focus once more on a war which destroyed millions of people yet the World Community seems to have already forgotten . Also credit must be given to MacDowell who chose to participate and support with her presence a project such as this as well as to Brody and Koteas who i hope that one day will become stars .
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