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Although the war in Iraq plays a huge role in the powerful In The Valley of Elah, its story is set thousands of miles from the Middle East. Instead, it takes place in small-town America, after a young soldier who has just returned home after spending 18 months fighting in the war is found murdered. His father is himself a veteran of the war in Vietnam and, as he investigates alongside an ambitious local police officer, he becomes ever more convinced that his son's time in Iraq may be connected to his death. Although In The Valley of Elah sounds like a thriller, it's as much about the high cost of war on ordinary people as it is a whodunnit, with a pair of amazing performances from its leading stars.
Kathryn Bigelow became the first female Best Director Oscar-winner for this tense action film about mentally pressured bomb squad specialists in Iraq.
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