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Drama, War Films
The Messenger is a war film that's all the more effective for not actually being set in a combat-zone. An emotionally devastating drama with humorous touches, it centres on American soldier Will Montgomery. Back from Iraq after an injury, he is assigned to the Casualty Notification Division, a department charged with informing relatives of the injury or death of their loved ones. In many ways, it's his toughest job yet. He gleans tips from his officer partner - an old hand at the task with a deceptively macho demeanor and a drinking problem. But this doesn't prepare Will for his complex feelings for Olivia, a widowed wife he is drawn to seeing again - even though it's against the rules.
Kathryn Bigelow became the first female Best Director Oscar-winner for this tense action film about mentally pressured bomb squad specialists in Iraq.
14–16 years 126 mins
Possibly the greatest war film ever made, this anime is the deeply moving tale of a boy and his sister fighting to survive in World War II Japan.
11+ years 89 mins
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