Of Men and War - 2014
In Of Men and War, anger consumes a dozen combat vets long after their return from the front. Like figures from a Greek tragedy, all have traumatic memories that haunt them to this day. Ghosts and echoes of the war fill their lives. Threats seem to spring out from everywhere. Wives, children, and parents bear the brunt of their fractured spirits. At a first-of-its-kind PTSD therapy center, the film’s protagonists resolve to end the ongoing destruction. Their therapist helps the young men forge meaning from their trauma. Over years of therapy, Of Men and War explores their grueling paths to recovery, as they attempt to make peace with themselves, their past, and their families.
– edited and associate produced by Isidore Bethel / also edited by Sophie Brunet and Charlotte Boigeol / directed by Laurent Bécue-Renard / associate produced by Thierry Garrel
– on DVD and streaming on Netflix, Amazon, iTunes (USA)
– Cannes Film Festival Official Selection, Grand Prize at IDFA (Amsterdam), Best Documentary Nomination at European Film Awards, Special Jury Mention at San Francisco Film Festival, Cinematic Nonfiction Award at Little Rock Film Festival, Museum of Modern Art’s Documentary Fortnight, AFI Docs, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Visions du Réel, Cinéma du Réel, and 40 other festivals
– broadcast on PBS’ POV, France 2’s 25 nuances de doc, TVOntario