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The Sacrament of Life (2008)

Lucian is back from the war and every thing is changed, and there's no way it will ever be the same again. Unless you were there you really have no idea. It's bottled up. Gruesome ... See full summary »

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Mary
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Lindsey Burkland ...
Marylin
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Dan
Kevin M. Costello ...
Mikey (as Kevin Costello)
Ed Gallagher ...
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Truck Driver
Natalia Jablokov ...
McKenzie
Andrew Laquintano ...
Joseph
Brian Mercer ...
Chris
Ciara Ann Kennedy Mercer ...
Savannah
John Levi Kennedy Mercer ...
Hunter
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Major Williams
Jerry Perna ...
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Andrew Repasy ...
Young Lucian
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Lucian is back from the war and every thing is changed, and there's no way it will ever be the same again. Unless you were there you really have no idea. It's bottled up. Gruesome flashbacks. The war continues to rage from within. The Sacrament of Life offers the perspective from the faction that's actually been there and focuses on the truths of war and the fragility of man. It was directed and completely produced by members of the United States Air Force who have served, or are currently serving, in Iraq or Afghanistan. Trapped in the past. There is the horror of war that remains, lingering. Beyond the war... An illness that does not leave. It fades at times and is mostly invisible. It changes a man and it changes a man for good. "There's this darkness and it fights. It fights... You wouldn't understand... you haven't been there." Thrust back into a relationship and a world of blurred memories, he must learn to deal. As he struggles to adjust and adapt into normal life, he's plagued... Written by Mike Skurko

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$20,000 (estimated)
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a tortured psyche unveiled
7 April 2013 | by See all my reviews

This independently funded film offered rich character development, suspenseful writing and an intriguing perspective of a man at war with himself. The story told describes effects of PTSD of a soldier fresh home from the war in Iraq. However, as the story unfolds the viewer discovers that his mental anguish began long before the war began and continues to present day. As the main actor struggles to deal with his tortured psyche and remain a functional member of society, he begins to become more unraveled and unstable. He struggles with suicidal tendencies and murderous thoughts which he feels if followed through will end the war. Several interesting characters associated with his life react opposite to stereotypes which creates a fresh perspective on people in certain occupations. However, the only person who can save the main character is himself. Who will win? Who will live? Who will die? watch to find out!


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