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Sundance Film Festival Jury Award Nominee and other Festivals acclaim. A stunning film showing the effects of war opon a soldier's return home to rebuild the life he left behind prior to service with wife and family. A while afer his return the memory loss and recurring war memories trigger his breakdown nad threaten his future.... not to miss this one!!!!!

About the Actor

Emmy Award/ Golden Globe Award winner America Ferrara of Ugly Betty and Sisterhood of the Traveling pants stars along with Wilmer Valderrama- Larry Crowne , That 70's Show and Academy Award Nominee Melissa Leo- Frozen River and Jason Ritter - The Event

Special Features

  • A list of resources where viewers can get more information about post-traumatic stress, an admirable inclusion.
  • A commentary with first-time feature writer/director Ryan Piers Williams and America Ferrera

  • Product Details

    • Actors: Ryan O'Nan, America Ferrera, Wilmer Valderrama, Jason Ritter, Melissa Leo
    • Directors: Ryan Pier Williams
    • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
    • Language: English
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated: R (Restricted)
    • Studio: Maya Entertainment
    • DVD Release Date: November 9, 2010
    • Run Time: 92 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B003W2M6L4
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,889 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "The Dry Land" on IMDb

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    A candid, intense indie film about the destructive effects of post-traumatic stress disorder with first-rate performances by Ryan O'Nan (James), America Ferrera (Sarah), Melissa Leo (James' mother) & the rest of the cast. Only minutes into the story it becomes obvious that James is haunted by some disturbing experiences during his tour in the Iraq War. The rest of the film delves into James' painful quest to come to grips with the events that have shaken his psyche and seem to propel him into out-of-control situations that range from violent tyrades with Sarah, his friends & even himself. Without revealing the specific events that unfold as the film progresses, I urge viewers to watch the film with the commentary AFTER watching the movie to discover the efforts by the screenwriter & 1st-time director (Ryan Piers Williams) & America Ferrera (lead actress & co-executive producer) to portray the impacts of PTSD authentically. There are some light moments in the film that not only help to break the intensity of the drama but also to show some of the wild emotional outlets that soldiers engage in to help them cope with the stress, pain & fear of war. All in all, the film is a gem.
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    I'm a huge fan of this small, realistic, superbly rendered directorial debut from Texas native Ryan Piers Williams. Williams' thoughtful script and film bores in on the pain and fallout of PTSD, both in terms of the guilt and heaviness carried by the afflicted - here portrayed vividly by lead Ryan O'Nan, who is outstanding in every way - and the waves of impact he spreads slowly, then suddenly, over friends and family.

    The ensemble is uniformly excellent. As mentioned, lead O'Nan is a revelation. The radiant and talented America Ferrera is here, too, as winning as ever. Not only is she the lead actress, she's also the film's executive producer. She'd not set out to appear in the film, but decided to do so when she and Mr. Williams (the two, who met at USC Film School, are engaged to be married) realized that her presence on-screen would make the film stand out amongst other film festival submissions.

    We had the stroke of good fortune to see 'The Dry Land' at the 2010 Dallas International Film Festival. Williams, O'Nan and Ms. Ferrara spoke to the audience after the film (we'd missed Wilmer Valderrama - he appeared at a previous showing and caused, as you can imagine, a bit of a commotion). It was there we learned of the filmmakers' assiduous efforts to gain the military's support for their production.

    In fact, a visit to Walter Reed Hospital figures prominently in film and it was clearly done with the backing of the armed forces. Moreover, the film was shown to warm and enthusiastic receptions in military bases across the country. One could truthfully say that the film has made a meaningful contribution to the US military's move down the 'road of evolution' towards acceptance of the true, insidious character of PTSD.
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    This really is a great and tragic film. The acting is superb, the story great, but the story is dark and does not have a happy ending for anyone. I loved this film but it took a stepping back, thinking about it and then going back for another view. If this had "A" list actors/actresses in it, it would be in the running for Oscar contention as I put this film in the same category as Deer Hunter. It is a near perfect film. It is believable, and does not hold back. It is a small film but every penny is on the screen. I cannot recommend this film enough.
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    What a moving film *this* one is. The Dry Lands is about a soldier who returns home from war and has to learn to adjust to life the way it was before he left. However... now it's different. The mental damage this young man experienced overseas has remained and interferes with the love and enjoyment he's supposed to feel for his wife, and his wife and friends are the ones who pay the biggest price for his new attitude.

    He wakes up in the middle of the night and strangles his wife by total accident, resulting in her not only coughing to regain herself, but totally baffled. He stumbles upon a drunken obnoxious idiot who insults the man as much as he can (in this case however, the soldier was totally justified in whipping this guys behind- he was obviously being a major jerk looking for a fight). The soldier *almost* makes a major mistake with this particular person but luckily holds back from going through with it. You'll see what it is when you watch the film. A result of post traumatic stress disorder, unfortunately a very real condition that effects millions I imagine, around the world.

    The Dry Lands keeps everything around home, so we witness the wife uncertain what to do about her husband's erratic behavior concerning the decisions she makes for herself and her husband, and the man's friends try their best to help their friend recover and return to normal. However later on during a night out of town, we find out that returning to normal is going to be one mighty tough task after the knowledge is revealed during a trip to the hospital what happened to another soldier who's left in a wheelchair. The damage here was irreversible for a couple different reasons.

    Really sad movie.
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