Where Soldiers Come From (2011)
Movie InfoEnticed by a $20,000 signing bonus and the college tuition support, best friends Dominic and Cole join the National Guard after graduating from their rural high school. After persuading several of their friends to join them, the young men are sent to Afghanistan, where they spend their days sweeping for roadside bombs. By the time their deployment ends, they are no longer the carefree group of friends they were before enlisting; repeated bombs blowing up around their convoys have led to the new silent signature wound of the Afghan war, Traumatic Brain Injury, and they have all become increasingly disillusioned about their mission. -- (C) Official Site … More
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Critic Reviews for Where Soldiers Come From
Director Heather Courtney's emotional and engrossing portrait of America's bravest.
A work that's less urgent and involving than its intense subject matter might have dictated.
Courtney avoids all political posturing here, something rare in modern war documentaries. These are the guys, American kids. This is the war, it's awful. And this is what happens. In your own backyard.
The documentary sometimes feels like the work of a filmmaker who began with a preconceived story and wasn't quite sure what to do with the one she actually got.
In its compassionate, modest gaze, the real cost of distant political decisions is softly illuminated, as well as the shame of a country with little to offer its less fortunate young people than a ticket to a battlefield.
To see these children of waitresses, salon workers and fathers on disability burdened because they stepped up is humanizing and heartbreaking.
One of the more valuable and compassionate entries to date in the ever-expanding catalog of documentaries inspired by the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Courtney has crafted a visual tour de force as she links the idyllic small-town existence of the all-for-one warriors with the arid, untameable terrain of ugly conflict.
The young men at the center of the film have obnoxious personalities and it takes a great deal of patience to follow their journeys.
An understated, delicately anthropological real-life coming-of-age tale. Not for all tastes, but these stories, alas, are the new back stories of many individual American tragedies and triumphs yet to be written.
Intriguing, personal war docu, about small-town soldiers stuck between boyhood and manhood; a good companion piece to the fictionalized The Deer Hubter, to which this work makes reference.
A low key but powerful expose' of the lingering effects of war---on a most personal level.
Heather Courtney's poignant character-driven documentary presents a compelling argument that we should not send young Americans to war.
The film can't help but feel unfinished, but perhaps it might've lent more privacy to these individual's demons (the difference between looking and seeing) and found more cause in their roots.
A documentary reminiscent of Cimino's "The Deer Hunter" but without the demonization of the "bad guys" that marred that film.
Three friends from a small town in Michigan experience Army life and its after-effects in this plaintive, intimate documentary.
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