MESSENGER, THE (2009)
Co-written by Oren Moverman and Alessandro Camon, THE MESSENGER is a powerful and tender story about a returned war hero making his first steps toward a normal life. In his first leading role, Ben Foster (HELL OR HIGH WATER) stars as Will Montgomery, a U.S. Army officer who has just returned home from a tour in Iraq and is assigned to the Army's Casualty Notification service. Partnered with fellow officer Tony Stone (Woody Harrelson) to bear the bad news to the loved ones of fallen soldiers, Will faces the challenge of completing his mission while seeking to find comfort and healing back on the home front. When he finds himself drawn to Olivia (Samantha Morton), to whom he has just delivered the news of her husband's death, Will's emotional detachment begins to dissolve, and the film reveals itself as a surprising, humorous, moving and very human portrait of grief, friendship and survival. (Note adapted from Oscilloscope Laboratories.) DIR/SCR Oren Moverman; SCR Alessandro Camon; PROD Mark Gordon, Lawrence Inglee, Zach Miller. U.S., 2009, color, 113 min. RATED R
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