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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.


Triage (Eyes of War) out in French Cinemas Tomorrow

June 15, 2010

“Triage” (Eyes of War) will open in French Cinemas on June 16, 2010. See the current list of some of the cinemas screening the film below and we hope to be adding to that list!

UGC Ciné-Cité Bercy
2 cour Saint-Emilion – 75012 – Paris – Tél:

UGC Ciné-Cité les Halles
7 place de la Rotonde – 75001 – Paris – Tél:

UGC George-V
146 av. des Champs-Elysées – 75008 – Paris – Tél:

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Triage at 13th Shanghai International Film Festival

June 15, 2010

Danis Tanovic’s “Triage” starring Colin Farrell and Christopher Lee is one of 17 films featured in the Irish Retrospective section of the 13th Shanghai International Film Festival . The Irish Retrospective is presented in association with the Irish Film Board and IFI Reel Ireland. The festival runs June 12-20, 2010. Triage had scheduled screenings on the 12th through the 15th and one still to come on the 20th in Hall6, Century Friendship Cinema.


“Triage,” French titled “Eyes of War” – Secrets of Shooting

June 15, 2010


This exposé originally appeared in French on
Loosely (and bravely) translated here into English.
If you read French, be sure to check it out in the original language!



To interpret the character of globe-trotting journalist, Colin Farrell consulted with books and photos of the war, watched documentaries about the war and admitted he was surprised at “the speed at which,” after a few weeks, he [the character] hardens. In reading the script, he was struck by the sight of an emaciated character after his stay in the caves of Hariri. Never mind that he went so far as to lose nearly 20Kg [44 pounds] by following a diet of black coffee and Diet Coke to refine his silhouette!

An Obvious Choice

When Kelly Reilly was contacted by Danis Tanovic, her response was immediate: “He’s a terrific director who has a real regard (…). He’s very practical, he knows what he wants but he is neither rigid nor authoritarian. (…) He is extremely generous, it’s great to have a director who knows how to use this experience in terms of intelligence and to serve his art.” The role of Diane she holds dear to heart because it allows a ‘contre-champ’ [countershot] to these women married to photojournalists and who stay home and are “very strong in order to accept what their spouses do for a living.”

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Official USA “Triage” DVD One-Sheet with Cover Art

June 9, 2010

Thanks to Sweet on Sigma Films for the heads up! E1 Entertainment has released the official one-sheet with cover art for the US DVD of Triage, due out August 10th. Get the full scoop, see the artwork in high resolution, plus a bit of press material from actor Jamie Sives on Sweet on Sigma Films’ Blog.


Triage Opens in Dubai

May 22, 2010

We Are The Movies is reporting that Triage opened this weekend in Dubai cinemas!

French Review of Triage (Eyes of War)

May 20, 2010

Source: Filmosphere
Written by Niko

A thoughtful and thought provoking critique written by Niko and originally published in French on Filmosphere. Admittedly, somewhat clumsily translated here into English. If you read French, please do read the review in the original language.

So it was a huge revelation straight from his first film, No Man’s Land, justly rewarded almost everywhere (in Cannes and the Oscars, class!), Bosnian director has been fairly quiet since almost 10 years, emerging from the shadows in 2005 to present Hell written by Krzysztof Kieslowski and more than coldly received by critics. And it is once again with a subject of war he finally returns to the screens, a subject he knows well, having filmed documentaries on the front during the Bosnian war. But this time he tackles the problem with a different angle, probably closest to him because he likes war journalists. Oliver Stone’s brutal Salvador to foil Tony Scott’s Spy Game, the subject has already been processed but rarely so clear and sincere about these elusive men, unarmed soldiers and homeless, who are often among the victims and also suffer terribly when they return to the real world. He had to look for a man who experienced the war to make it all believable, as was the case for Stone. By cons, are going to have to push a new rant against the distributor because there is no longer possible! Why change a title as simple and evocative as Sort (which does not require a French translation), downright logical when you see the movie, by another English title more pompous? It’s annoying as a method! But anyway, this does not alter the great qualities of this ambitious film and worn by a player once more on top of his art.

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