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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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Tim Roth's The War Zone  »

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Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$237,029 (USA) (31 March 2000)
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Despite the fact that this was shot with J-D-C anamorphic lenses, "Filmed in Panavision" is listed in the end credits. 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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Referenced in Dinner for Five: Episode #2.1 (2003) See more »

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Roth creates a directorial debut masterpiece
31 January 2001 | by (Tel Aviv) – See all my reviews

I was warned so much in advance that I entered the cinema wearing a (virtual) bullet proof vest and was equipped with two packets of Kleenex. As the film ended, I found myself oddly desensitised. I felt like someone punched me in the stomach and I was left out of air, almost hollow.

Roth, following his mate Gary Oldman, has chosen a courageous yet uncommercially viable issue to tackle in his directorial debut. Nevertheless, aided by gifted photographer, Seamus McGarvey, and inspired casting, Roth's film is a triumph.

The stunning and clever location, the 'understatedness'/'Englishness' of the characters, the harrowing soundtrack, the unanswered plot threads, all make for a disturbing, horrifying, and unmissable film experience.

Thumbs up for Tim Roth.


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