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Harrison's Flowers (2000)

When a Newsweek photojournalist disappears in war-torn Yugoslavia, his wife travels to Europe to find him.

Director:

Élie Chouraqui

Writers:

Isabel Ellsen (book), Élie Chouraqui (screenplay) | 3 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andie MacDowell ... Sarah Lloyd
Elias Koteas ... Yeager Pollack
Brendan Gleeson ... Marc Stevenson
Adrien Brody ... Kyle Morris
David Strathairn ... Harrison Lloyd
Alun Armstrong ... Samuel Brubeck
Caroline Goodall ... Johanna Pollack
Diane Baker ... Mary Francis
Quinn Shephard ... Margaux Lloyd
Marie Trintignant ... Cathy
Christian Charmetant Christian Charmetant ... Jeff
Gerard Butler ... Chris Kumac, Photojournalist
Scott Anton Scott Anton ... Cesar Lloyd (as Scott Michael Anton)
Christopher Clarke Christopher Clarke ... David
Dragan Antonic Dragan Antonic ... Chetnik
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Storyline

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 <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Taglines:

Sometimes love is the only proof you need.

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong war violence and gruesome images, pervasive language and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

France

Language:

English | French | Serbian | Croatian

Release Date:

15 March 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A felejtés virágai See more »

Filming Locations:

Czech Republic See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$867,635, 17 March 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,843,570, 7 April 2002
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Goofs

During the battle, when they are hiding in the dead woman's house, the Serbian/Yugoslav tanks carry the Croatian national flag with a red star. See more »

Quotes

Samuel Brubeck: It's a filthy fucking war out there.
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Alternate Versions

For the United States version, the film's length was reduced by about 5 minutes; it also features a new score by Cliff Eidelman. See more »

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Works as a love story...
12 September 2006 | by kkahrs-1See all my reviews

This movie must be seen as a love story more than anything else, and it works as a love story. However, to get an accurate picture of the war between Yugoslavia and Croatia, Harrison's Flowers is not suited. Those familiar with the history of the former Yugoslavia know that war crimes took place in and around Vukovar, and in 1991-92, Serbian nationalist paramilitaries of Arkan were responsible for heinous crimes. However, the movie is very one-sided, and Serbians are presented as half-drunk criminal villains while Croatians get the image of brave freedom fighters. In fact, the vast majority of movies portray Serbians as the villains, but I would claim that Croatians are maybe even more nationalistic than the Serbs. Those who watch the movie should know that Croatians were also responsible for killing civilians, especially during Operation Storm in 1995.

I have gained operational experience myself as a war correspondent, and I know what is like to be under fire from mortars, artillery and snipers. Therefore I was very surprised to see how the reporters and photographers from the movie entered Vukovar wearing military camouflages trying to hide from snipers. I don't know any reporters who would do it like this because it makes you a legitimate target, and I doubt experienced reporters from Newsweek would do it like that. The goal of a journalist in a war area is to be seen. Yes, sometimes you have to avoid checkpoints to get to the other side, but to wear a military uniform is very, very stupid.

Now it has been a couple of days since I wrote my review, and there was another thing that bothered me in this movie. Sarah lands in the city of Graz in Austria making her way all through Croatia to get to Vukovar. If she really wanted to save her husband, it would have been a lot easier to get to Belgrade. From Belgrade there is only a two-hour drive to Vukovar, and the city was controlled by the Serbs at this point. I just spoke to a friend of mine who was an officer in Vukovar, and he said it would have been no problem for the character in the movie to get to Vukovar. Even if there were some paramilitaries present, the Yugoslav army, JNA, was in control.

For more about the Battle of Vukovar, Wikipedia has an interesting article, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Vukovar


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