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Critique – TRIAGE (Eyes of War)

June 17, 2010

Originally posted in French on Toutlecine. Loosely translated to English.
If you speak French, you can read the review in the original language HERE .

Written by Gwen Douguet

Danis Tanovic loves duets. In No Man’s Land, his first feature film, he picked apart the opposition between two sworn enemies, a Bosnian and Serb. With war in his viewfinder, he continued his reflection on human behavior confronted with the repercussions of an armed conflict. But here, not of soldiers on the front line, just two news photographers, two Englishmen. One is engaged, the other about to be a dad. Together they have covered many conflicts, and decide to “shell out” one final, quickly well done. Some click-clack in Afghanistan and voila. Except that the unexpected lies in wait, stashed in the trenches of the horror.


Voyeurism and truth

With Eyes of War [Triage], the director questions. He wonders how far should one go to tell the unrepeatable, to witness the drama of atrocities engendered by war. His two heroes go to the front as others [other men] go fishing. A few days later, one is missing, the other returns haunted by secrets, by the unbearable. Walled in silence and dumbness incomprehensible to his family he appears torn between voyeurism and a need to show. Gradually, his conscience, his subconscious can not avoid collateral damage, internal explosions caused by mines ultra-personal, that of guilt, the quest for truth, sensationalism, death with its attendant abominations as a detonator to justify having pressed the shutter.


Colin Farrell’s true!

Lost, undermined by a journey into hell, Colin Farrell (Mark) delivers an unusual performance, full of nuances, sober, true. His inner torments are like oil stains on the ground [almost impossible to remove]. His face-to-face discussion with a survivor of the Franco Regime, Christopher Lee, in many respects reinforces reflection. He and his partner – Paz Vega – will show at which point this profession hacks the innards. Should we show the pains of some, the crimes of others, for the alleged good of all in the name of freedom, of truth? What truth of an image, a moment stolen?


As a victim of relentless explosions between his neighbors, former head of the archives of films of the Bosnian army, marked raw by life, by the siege of Sarajevo, Danis Tanovic advances on the terrain of doubts with a great aptness. His knowledge of the subject is obvious. His staging works in the background, under a veneer of neutrality – he questions. The cinema has already studied this subject by addressing the World of war reporters, but the framework has increasingly tended to drift in all the excesses. The director Tanovic works in depth, albeit with some delay [pacing] likely to annoy. His view provokes, disturbs. Goal achieved.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Jen permalink
    June 18, 2010 8:23 am

    Thanks for the translation. These photos are gorgeous 🙂

  2. rock411 permalink
    June 18, 2010 11:04 am

    I REALLY want to see this movie. Can’t wait for the DVD. Sucks it won’t be in theaters here. That just really sucks.

  3. Ryan permalink
    June 18, 2010 5:44 pm

    Thanks for all these translations. It’s good what you are doing with this site.

  4. RFM permalink
    June 18, 2010 8:22 pm

    Is that Mr Tanovic in the pic? He’s cute 🙂 I need to watch No Man’s Land too. I’ve been waiting for like 2 years to see this movie. I’m really excited for when the dvd comes out. Actually, I’ll get the blu ray. I hope it has special features too. I’ve never waited this long for a movie to come out.

  5. Beth permalink
    July 11, 2010 8:34 pm

    I love that shot of Danis Tanovic directing Christopher Lee!

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