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

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$237,029 (USA) (31 March 2000)
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Directorial debut of Tim Roth. As of 2014, it's his only film as a director. 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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Father Knows Best
17 January 2000 | by (Houston,Texas) – See all my reviews

A melancholic boy faces the prospects of adapting to life in a craggy, rugged English countryside separated from the London he knows. We soon discover things are going to go from bad to worse. "The War Zone" is a special film about incest taken entirely from the perspective of the teenage son, Tom, and his sister, Jessie, giving it a quality of children versus their parents. Incest has been broached before in other films like "Celebration" and "The Sweet Hereafter" but never with such all encompassing realism as "The War Zone". You feel like a voyeur prying in other people's business. Director Tim Roth presents scene after scene of stark, uninviting, seashore landscapes as well as a mesmerizing movie score that vacillates between rushed crescendos and unnerving calm to give "The War Zone" a cold, somber tenseness. The acting is outstanding but Freddie Cunliffe as Tom and Lara Belmont as Jessie carry the film with their brave, demanding portrayals. Tom must weigh the secret he knows with preserving the stability of the home. He is so perplexed about normal love and the mere act of lust that when he comes upon attractive neighbor, Lucy and the set-up vixen, Carol, he becomes stupefied rather than attracted to them. Jessie must walk a fine line between the sex act she craves and her sense of right and wrong. Indeed, at one point, we sympathize with her less because she doesn't seem to mind her predicament. "The War Zone" ends in a way some will find unsatisfying but it is very consistent with the film's theme - lost children who will never find their way back.


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