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Triage (2009)

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

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Danis Tanovic

Writers:

Danis Tanovic, Scott Anderson (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 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 Michelle Hartman ... Nurse
Eileen Walsh ... Dr. Christopher
Nick Dunning ... Dr. Hersbach
Christopher Lee ... Joaquín Morales
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Storyline

Mark and David are best friends, photo journalists going from war to war. In the spring of 1988, they're in Kurdistan, at an isolated mountain clinic, waiting for an offensive. David's had enough - he wants to go home to Dublin to his pregnant wife. He leaves, with Mark promising to follow in a few days. A week or so later, Mark's home after being wounded, but David's not been heard from. Mark's slow recovery and uncharacteristic behavior alarm his girlfriend, Elena, who asks her grandfather, a Spanish psychologist, to come to Dublin to help. Are there things the carefree and detached journalist is bottling up? Is he a casualty of war? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama | Mystery | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for war violence, disturbing images, language, brief sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Bac Films [France]

Language:

English | Kurdish | Spanish | Swahili | French

Release Date:

13 November 2009 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Triage See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$562,610
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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In the second season of True Detective (2014), Colin Farrell appeared with Kelly Reilly. In this, she's the wife of his friend. Kelly played Vince Vaughn's wife in True Detective (2014). See more »

Quotes

David: Why do war zones always have such miserable food?
Mark Walsh: And you being a Scotsman, you'd know about cuisine would you?
David: Oh here we go...
Mark Walsh: Your entire menu looks like it was made in a fucking war zone!
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Excellent Psychological War Drama
27 February 2010 | by mrcibuburSee all my reviews

this is the third of the 2009 Colin Farrell movies which I have recently following on from Doctor Parnassus and Crazy Heart but this surely is his finest acting performance in a movie to date.

There are many movies of course about war and more recently about Iraq. this is not really an Iraq war story but Colin Farrell does play as a war journalist in Kurdistan and returns from there with a trauma wjhich engrosses the main story of the film.

the film title of TRIAGE is a strange one and requires looking up as to meaning before or after watching the movie. the context of TRIAGE within the movie occurs as i recall in only one actual scene of the film when the Kurdistani Doctor is seen having to play 'God' in order to decide who lives and dies.

Like the American movie 'Brothers', somebody returns from a war-torn drama with a psychological trauma and with a story to tell which is not what the folks back home are expecting. Farrells acting performance is spot on all the way and there are one or two graphic scenes in the film, one near the end, which will definitely make you flinch and probably weep.

overall this is not a powerful film like The Hurt Locker and I disagree with the earlier comment about the Grandfather. He clearly has an important part to play in the movie and Farrell links to all the main characters effortlessly.

Okay it was not filmed in Kurdistan for whatever reason and Kurdistani actors/extra may or may not have been used.

Despite the graphic scenes, I commend this movie for viewing. It is not top notch but it is certainly entertaining.

Would have liked to have seen more focus on the concept of the film title and exploration of issues relating to triage rather than the story which eventually evolved between the character of mark Walsh (Farrell) and his best friend David. I really doubt many people will watch the movie and know what TRIAGE means.

Not on general release anywhere I understand, privileged to watch it on good quality DVD.


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