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Harrison Lloyd is a Pulitzer-winning photojournalist. His wife and family are making it hard for him to keep his mind on his work when he's in a war zone, and he wants to change jobs to something less stressful. But he's got one last assignment, in war-torn Yugoslavia, in 1991, at the height of the fighting. Word comes back that he apparently died in a building collapse, but his wife Sarah (also a journalist for Newsweek) refuses to believe that he's dead and goes looking for him. She's helped immensely by the photo-journalists Eric Kyle and Marc Stevenson that she runs into over there; together, they're determined to make it through the chaotic landscape to Vukovar, which is not only the nexus of the war but where she believes Harrison is located. Meanwhile, Harrison's son Cesar is looking after his father's prized greenhouse, keeping hope, and flowers, alive. Written by
Jon Reeves <firstname.lastname@example.org>
"Harrison's Flowers" tells of the wife (MacDowell) of a renowned photo-journalist (Strathairn) who refuses to believe her husband was killed while on assignment in war ravaged Yugoslavia and travels through hell to find him. The film parses into a setup where we see what a loving family life the protag's have; a long stretch in the middle where MacDowell dodges bullets and bombs through Balkan countryside; and the wind-down/wrap-up at the end. The film shows the horrors of ethnic cleansing and the role of the wildcat photo-journalist on the front line of war reporting. However, MacDowell spends most of her time doing little more than running from pillar to post as the family drama wanders into and then back out of a war flick milieu. An okay watch for anyone who wants to revisit combat in the Balkans but a disappointment for those who are expecting a story about an estranged married couple. (B-)
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