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The War Zone (1999)

R | | Drama | 11 June 1999 (Italy)
An alienated teenager, saddened that he has moved away from London, must find a way to deal with a dark family secret.

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Tom
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Nick (as Colin J. Farrell)
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Tom (Freddie Cunliffe), an alienated 15 year old boy, finds the that opportunity for close observation of his father, after their move from London to rural Devon and the birth of a new baby, reveals a world run through with darkness and pain. Tom is unable to reconcile the life he's known what he sees with his own eyes, and blames his 18 year old sister, Jessie (Lara Belmont). Both Tom and Jessie struggle to find some path to truth and sanity as the human forces around them work in polarity with their isolation to either assist them, or destroy them. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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When the worst of men hides in a family with no history.

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Rated R for sexual content, some involving molestation, and for nudity, language and a scene of violence | See all certifications »

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Opening Weekend:

$18,335 (USA) (10 December 1999)

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$237,029 (USA) (31 March 2000)
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At a public screening of this movie during the 1999 Toronto International Film Festival, one viewer was so upset and devastated that he rose to his feet and shouted that he couldn't take any more, then headed for the exit, intending to pull the fire alarm. Director Tim Roth, who was in attendance, intercepted him at the door, and it took 20 minutes of intense conversation to calm the man down. See more »

Quotes

Tom:
  • I saw you.



Jessie:
  • Saw me what?



Tom:
  • In the bath...



Jessie:
  • Yeah?



Tom:
  • What were you doing?



Jessie:
  • What do you think? I got in and he got out.



Tom:
  • That's not what i saw.



Jessie:
  • Well, that's all it was.



Tom:
  • Where were you?



Jessie:
  • It's a pretty weird thing you're suggesting, if you're saying what i think you're saying. I haven't told you to f@ck off or anything, which i probably should've. Nothing happened, OK? I'd tell you.



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19 December 2000 | by (Austin Tx) – See all my reviews

im Roth's directorial debut is an absolutely stunning piece of work. Roth, as well as the actors and crew involved in the making of this film, should be commended -- not only for their art, but for bringing such an important subject as this into the light in such a sensitive way. Everything about the film -- the look, the use of music, the adaptation (by Alexander Stuart, from his novel), Roth's direction, and the incredible work of the actors, is first-rate. Especially notable is the work by Lara Belmont and Freddie Cunliffe, the young actors who portray the brother and sister in the film -- I would have never guessed from their performances that this was their first time out.

Many viewers have been caught off-guard by this film -- it's easily one of the most gut-wrenching I've ever seen. One woman I've talked with saw it at the Sundance Festival, without knowing anything about it beforehand, and was totally devastated by it -- but moved to such an extent that she went back to her community determined to do something positive to help survivors.

A film that can touch people on such a deep level should be more widely seen -- especially when it deals with a subject as important as this one.


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