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
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In the final scene, it is told that Sarah and Harrison have moved to St. Louis and they are seen dancing during this voice-over. This suggests a future occurrence after the climax of the movie, yet Harrison's left arm has reappeared. See more »
In 1991, the Newsweek photographer Harrison Lloyd (David Strathairn) is considered dead, after an explosion in the building where he was. Nobody has indeed seen his body, and his wife Sarah Lloyd (Andie MacDowell) refuses to believe he died. She flies to Graz (Austria) and makes a journey to hell, with some other journalists and photographers correspondents of war though a Yugoslavia in a very dirty war. On December 2003, this film was released on VHS and DVD in Brazil, but I have found no reference about it. Yesterday I had the chance to see it, and it is a surprisingly great dramatic anti-war movie. The cruel story explores and presents very realistic scenes of this very sad war, with its ethnic cleaning, when children, women and elders are executed in a horrible way. In some moments, I recalled the outstanding `Apocalypse Now', not because of the landscape, characters or screenplay, which are totally different, but because of the insanity. Like in `Schindler's List', there is an excellent scene with a beautiful yellow dressed girl. The cast, leaded by Andie MacDowell, Adrien Brody and David Strathairn, is excellent and the unknown (at least for me) director Elie Chouraqui offers a very realistic great production. The story is not corny, and the crazy and sensitive search of Sarah is very touching. I highly recommend this film for any audience. My vote is eight.
Title (Brazil): `O Resgate de Harrison' (`The Rescue of Harrison')
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