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I left the movie saying, "oh my, fifteen months." It's nearly inconceivable to me, fifteen months in such a place. A place few Americans could find on a map, and far fewer could explain the importance of. It's a must-see movie regardless of your politics.
First, I was very surprised by the length of the deployment. 18 months ! It's eternity. French soldiers deployments length is between 4 or 6 moths. Such a long time in a country at war, constantly under enemy fire is probably very hard for the mind.
The documentary is really interesting and shows everything about thoses soldiers life, missions and mind. You can share their pain when they lost one of them, you can also share their "happiness" sometimes.
In France, we have no such documentaries about our soldiers in Afghanistan, because most of them are from the foreign legion or from some elite troops so they don't like to be filmed and because of this lack of images, french people can't really understand why our troops are dying in Afghanistan. In the meantime, when american people see Restrepo, they feel admiration for their troops and they support them more. In France, it would be the opposite, french people would be shocked to see french soldiers dying in front of the camera or constantly under fire, and they would immediatly ask to withdraw our troops from Afghanistan.
What I regret about this documentary is that : we don't see the return to their families, we don't see what their families feel while their sons are in Afghanistan and also we don't know what these soldiers did after the deployment. Did they come back in Afghanistan, did they leave the army ?
But anyway, this documentary was very interesting and to some extent, it's like the danish documentary "armadillo" with danish troops inf Afghanistan.
P.S : Apologies for the grammary if I did any mistake.
Sgt. "Doc" Wilson
Veteran of OEF and the 173rd Airborne Brigade & 82 Airborne Division.
You also get a strong understanding of brotherhood...the level of dedication that these men show to each other to kill the enemy, regardless of political influences, as it's just them, the bad guys, and the valley.
There's no plot, no storyline, no climax. Just an experience of what still exists right now on the other side of the world as you read this.
A must watch. You owe to yourself and to them to see and know what goes on.
This film is unscripted and raw in its approach to taking you to what these soldiers experienced in the 15 months that they were deployed in the most dangerous part of Afghanistan. The film moves back and forth between footage that was captured as events unfolded and the soldiers telling their stories after their deployment was complete. You see through their eyes, up close and personal, how living through this deeply affected these men.
It is no suprise to me that this film won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. Everyone that I spoke with at the festival had a similar experience as mine. The film was moving, powerful, uplifting, and sobering. This is truly a must see.
I'm thrilled to see that the film will be released on DVD and it will definitely have a place in my library.
If you haven't read Junger's book "War" read it first...... then get the movie and see it unfold before your own eyes.
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