The Dry Land
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Great movie about a Iraq vet with PTSD. Goes a little crazy when he gets home. Good ending.Published 9 months ago by flybird
This was recommended to me by a friend and it more than met my expectations. I am working on a project on Moral Injury after war and this film is very helpful in dramatizing the... Read morePublished on May 23, 2013 by Herman Keizer, Jr.