Character actor Michael Shannon has been nominated for his second Oscar for his role in the 2016 thriller Nocturnal Animals. "No Small Parts" takes a look at some of the other characters he's played in the past.
Soldier's Heart is a movie about a Vietnam veteran's life after returning from the War, and deals with his experience with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, a condition many soldiers face today as they try to pick up their lives again after serving in Iraq and other war torn countries. The main character, Elliot, finds it hard to cope after the war. His wife is recovering from Cancer, he is out of work and he is forced to take on a job he hates selling a product nobody wants so that he can pay the bills. He has relationship problems with his wife and with his father. At intervals throughout the movie, we see Elliot being interviewed for a documentary about his experiences in Vietnam. As he answers the tough questions about his time there, we begin to understand his emotional roller coaster existence. This movie illustrates the importance of talking about the horrors of war rather than keeping them bottled up inside. With the support of his wife and best friend, and the healing process of making that documentary, we find that Elliot's life turns around. There is hope for the hurting. I loved the movie because of the message. I highly recommend it to soldiers, veterans, and their families. I only wish that my own husband, who was a Vietnam Veteran, had lived to see it. Maybe it would have helped him to open up to me about his own experiences. But sadly he passed away before this film was completed.
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