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Father Soldier Son (2020)

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When Sgt. First Class Brian Eisch is critically wounded in Afghanistan, it sets him and his sons on a journey of love, loss, redemption and legacy.
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Credited cast:
Brian Eisch Brian Eisch ... Self
Isaac Eisch Isaac Eisch ... Self
Joey Eisch Joey Eisch ... Self
Roxanne Gregory Roxanne Gregory ... Parliamentary Aide


Isaac and Joey have a superhero for a father. They worship their Dad, Brian Eisch, a decorated, third generation soldier who spends most of their childhood deployed in Afghanistan while other family members care for the boys. When Brian is injured and returns home a different man, all three must reconcile with the aftershocks of war. As Brian fights to retain control of himself and his loved ones, fate continues to challenge his belief in justice and self-determination. Catrin Einhorn and Leslye Davis's stunning ethnographic study of American masculinity and generational tragedy follows the Eischs for close to a decade as their intense father-son bond is challenged time and time again. Davis's restrained and beautiful cinematography subtly captures moments of raw anguish and unadulterated joy. This deeply moving portrait of a family called to serve explores the meaning of sacrifice, the need for purpose, and the challenges of being a father, a soldier and a son. Presented by Netflix.

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Duty. Country. Family. See more »


Documentary | War

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A True Life Story
18 July 2020 | by mikefio22See all my reviews

This isn't a documentary that is supposed to make you feel sorry for the man. He doesn't want people to feel sorry for him either. He even says it at one point. This story shows the ups and downs of life from the perspective of a family that went through really tough times. The "reviewer" who called SFC Eisch a snowflake obviously missed the point. He also probably never served or went through anything remotely close to what this family went through. I bet he wouldn't say it to his face! I did 8 years in the Army and if anyone ever called me a snowflake, that'll be the last thing they say to me.

I just wish more people had the integrity and power to parent like SFC Eisch does. He raised some great kids and to do it with their mother out of the picture, while on active duty is a real accomplishment. Mary, the step-mom also needs a pat on the back! These are people i wish i could call friends.

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17 July 2020 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Wisconsin, USA

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1.78 : 1
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