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Triage -- The wife of a photojournalist sets out to discover why he came home from a recent assignment without his colleague.
Triage -- The wife of a photojournalist (Farrell) sets out to discover why he came home from a recent assignment without his colleague.


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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Colin Farrell ... Mark Walsh

Jamie Sives ... David

Paz Vega ... Elena Morales

Kelly Reilly ... Diane

Branko Djuric ... Dr. Talzani

Mozaffar Shafeie ... Talzani's Assitant
Kae Bahar ... Wounded Man (as Karzan Sherabayani)

Luis Callejo ... Pesh Merga Commander

Alex Spijksma ... Pesh Merga Sergeant (as Alejandro Sánchez)

Ian McElhinney ... Ivan

Juliet Stevenson ... Amy
Michelle Hartman ... Nurse

Eileen Walsh ... Dr. Christopher

Nick Dunning ... Dr. Hersbach

Christopher Lee ... Joaquín Morales

Reece Ritchie ... Boy in Beirut
Dada Ashi ... Ugandan Woman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sandra Ni Bhroin ... Staff Nurse Marion Picard

Myia Elliott ... Stewardess (uncredited)
Paco Escribano ... Wounded Man (uncredited)
Gail Fitzpatrick ... Neighbour Lady (uncredited)
Conor O'Gorman ... Party Goer (uncredited)

Directed by
Danis Tanovic 
Writing credits
Danis Tanovic (written by)

Scott Anderson (book)

Produced by
Tim Baish .... co-producer
Marc Baschet .... producer
Mariela Besuievsky .... co-producer
Colin Farrell .... executive producer
Simon Fawcett .... executive producer
Tim Haslam .... executive producer
Susan Holmes .... production executive
Cédomir Kolar .... producer (as Cedomir Kolar)
Alan Moloney .... producer
Susan Mullen .... co-producer
Patrick O'Donoghue .... line producer
Mark Brooke .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Lucio Godoy 
Cinematography by
Seamus Deasy (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Francesca Calvelli 
Gareth Young 
Casting by
Nina Gold 
Production Design by
Derek Wallace 
Art Direction by
Michael Higgins 
Costume Design by
Lorna Marie Mugan 
Makeup Department
Lorraine Brennan .... hair stylist
Christophe Chabenet .... special effects art director
Cecilia Escot .... makeup artist
Lorraine Glynn .... key hair stylist
Susana Sánchez .... makeup designer
Production Management
Yousaf Bokhari .... unit production manager
Sacha Guttenstein .... post-production supervisor
Clare Kavanagh .... post-production supervisor
Helen Martí Donoghue .... unit manager (as Helen Marti Donoghue)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tony Aherne .... first assistant director
Jim Corr .... third assistant director: additional photography
Denis Fitzpatrick .... third assistant director: Ireland
Mike Hayes .... trainee assistant director
Virginia Maillo .... assistant director runner
Emilio Martínez-Borso .... third assistant director
Jairo Murray .... second assistant director
Flynn Von Kleist .... trainee assistant director (stand-in)
Art Department
Sarah Carroll .... art department assistant
June Connon .... changehand props
Rubén Delgado .... props
Frederic Fabrega .... art department assistant
Richard Fábrega .... set designer assistant
Jules Harris .... second stand-by props
Paul Hedges .... set dresser
Judith Hynes .... assistant art director
Dave Kinsella .... dressing prop
Domingo Merino .... props
Ian Murray .... hod rigger
John Neligan .... set buyer
Aitana Ozaeta .... assistant property master
Luis Pastor .... property master
Marion Picard .... prop buyer
Ángel Sarrión .... dressing props
Sound Department
Juan Ramon Castaño .... sound assistant
Alan Collins .... sound facility director: ardmore sound
Brendan Deasy .... sound
Caoimhe Doyle .... foley artist
John Fitzgerald .... adr recordist
John Fitzgerald .... re-recording mixer
Samir Foco .... sound designer
Samir Foco .... supervising sound editor
Brendan Geaney .... adr editor
Aza Hand .... foley editor
Fionn Higgins .... dialogue editor
Eoghan McDonnell .... foley assistant
Jean McGrath .... foley recordist
Conor O'Toole .... boom operator
Sean O'Toole .... sound trainee
Special Effects by
Eva Garcia-Tapia Pradoux .... special effects assistant
Sebastien Labreuil .... senior special effects technician: pyrotechnics
Pascal Molina .... special effects supervisor
Rodrigo Valverde .... special effects first assistant
Visual Effects by
Andy Clarke .... digital compositor
Richard Bradshaw .... stunt driver
Peter Dillon .... stunt performer
Robin Earle .... stunt rigger
Donal O'Farrell .... stunt coordinator
Donal O'Farrell .... stunt double
Gary Robinson .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Águeda Balogh .... second assistant camera
Ciarán Barry .... camera operator
Patricia Bernaldo de Quirós .... camera loader
Sean Cahill .... electrician
Diego Campos .... genny operator
Robert Flood .... camera trainee (as Robert Hallinan Flood)
Lia Giralt .... electrician
Laura Martínez .... grip
Fernando Matas .... first assistant camera
Philip Murphy .... key grip
Ian Murray .... stand-by rigger (as Ian Vincent Murray)
Alex Narváez .... best boy
Alex Narváez .... electrician
Xavier Sarasa .... gaffer
Daniel Sánchez .... video assistant
Dejan Vekic .... still photographer
Rick Woollard .... steadicam operator
David Sevilla .... camera trainee (uncredited)
Casting Department
Jorge Guardado .... extras casting assistant
Yaël Moreno .... extras casting
Robert Sterne .... casting assistant
Rose Wicksteed .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Patch Corcoran .... key costumer
Elisabeth Martirena .... key costume breakdown artist
Dolores Medina .... head costume cutter
Leticia Palomares .... costume assistant
Usue Peña .... costume assistant
Jose Ruiz .... assistant costume designer
Jose Ruiz .... costume assistant
Ger Scully .... costume supervisor: Ireland
Cristina Sopeña .... costume supervisor: Spain
Cathy Young .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Emanuela Di Giunta .... assistant editor
Michael Higgins .... digital intermediate assistant
Eugene McCrystal .... colorist
Location Management
Guillermo Flórez Muñiz .... location assistant
Félix Rosell .... location manager
Isaac Viejo .... location assistant
Music Department
Dario Eskenazi .... orchestrator
Samir Foco .... music editor
Gustavo Gini .... orchestrator
Juan Pablo González Saccone .... music mixer
Juan Pablo González Saccone .... music recording engineer
Roberto Morlán .... assistant music scoring engineer
Ian Neil .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Mercedes Barbod .... transportation captain
Benko Benkov .... driver
Paul Cullen .... transportation captain: Ireland
Francisco Rojo Villada .... transport facilities
Other crew
Renee Burke .... script supervisor
Lisa Byrne .... assistant production coordinator
Jo Cameron Brown .... dialogue coach
Mónica Torres Carretero .... production runner
Ruth Carter .... development executive
Aoife Cassidy .... production coordinator
Nuria Martín Chucrel .... production runner
Juan Antonio Clemente .... assistant to location manager
Ruth Coady .... post production assistant to Alan Moloney
Fiona Conlon-McKenna .... production assistant
Tadhg Conway .... epk cameraman
Niall Delaney .... production accountant
Pablo Dávila .... graphic designer
Emer Fitzpatrick .... assistant accountant
Brendan Gunn .... dialogue coach
Nora Henderson .... extras coordinator
Susan Holmes .... production executive
Luis Iborra Miralles .... assistant: locations
Asia Jarzyna .... production coordinator
Antía León Castro .... basecamp manager
Kati Martí Donoghue .... assistant production coordinator
Mary Kay McCoy .... dialogue coach
John McKenna .... armorer
Isabelle Neron .... production office assistant
Ante Novakovic .... assistant: Colin Farrell
Yu-Fai Suen .... investors representative
Danis Tanovic .... additional music composed by
Anthony Minghella .... dedicatee
Sydney Pollack .... dedicatee

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Rated R for war violence, disturbing images, language, brief sexuality and nudity
99 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Director Danis Tanovic's second film with English as its main language.See more »
Mark Walsh:Two more days man.
David:Two more days, man, but no more.
Mark Walsh:Then we go, no questions asked.
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47 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
The Numbing. Destructive Silences of War Experience, 1 July 2010
Author: gradyharp from United States

TRIAGE is a well chosen title for this film about who survives an who dies in war: at times those triage decisions are made by serendipity (read 'bad luck'), at times they are made by physicians or medics tending the wounded on the battlefield, and at times they are submerged in the apparent 'survivors' only to later crush the life from those who make it home. Writer/Director Danis Tanovic has adapted Scott Anderson's novel is a manner that carries the seemingly simple act of 'triage' throughout the film, showing how that action can affect the lives of friends, family, and psychological wholeness of the victim.

Mark Walsh (Colin Farrell, in yet another powerful role) and his buddy David (Jamie Sives) are war photographers for a newspaper edited by Amy (Juliet Stevenson). Their current assignment is Kurdistan and the terrifying realities they not only experience but also commit to film are of such a horrid nature that they both are in shock: they not only witness killings and landmine explosion deaths, but they also watch one Dr. Talani (Branko Djuric) triage the wounded, deciding who can survive care and who is so near death that they are put aside to be later 'executed' by Dr. Talani in a compassionate gesture to end their futile suffering. The tension is so great that David decides to return home, leaving Mark to carry on the assignment. An explosion occurs and Mark is seriously injured but survives and after being tended by Dr. Talani he is encouraged to return home. There is no news as to where David is.

Mark returns home to his adoring Elena (Paz Vega), presents his photographs to Amy, and begins to heal: David's wife Diane (Kelly Reilly) is due to deliver their first child in two weeks and has had no word from David. We watch as Mark, eroded by his experiences in Kurdistan, retreat into a state of decline. Elena grows fearful as Mark, despite hospitalizations and medical care, continues to deteriorate and out of desperation she calls her grandfather Joaquin, a psychiatrist who treated the victims of the Spanish Civil War (Elena is still angry that her own grandfather treated the perpetrators of the destruction that war caused). Joaquin slowly brings Mark into the acceptance of how his mind has triaged the events in Kurdistan and leads Mark to discover the truths about incidents in what war for which he has blamed himself. We finally understand David's disappearance at the moment when his and Diane's child is born.

This is a tough story to watch: subtitles would help the audience understand the many dialects used in the film. But the message is clear and the acting is superb by every member of the cast, even very small but cogent cameos by Reece Ritchie as a boy in Beirut and Dada Ashi as a Ugandan woman - two of the early incidents Mark must remember and face in his work with Joaquin. The cinematography is dazzling, especially the use of flashbacks of a raging river so important in Mark's memory recall, and the constant focus on the blue and yellow tags that mark the triage decisions. This is another powerful anti-war film, this time as seen through the eyes of a non-combatant observer. It is important to see.

Grady Harp

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