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Men Go To Battle (2016)

Men Go To Battle (2016)

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Most Americans predict that the Civil War will end by Christmas, but Henry and Francis Mellon couldn't care less. Bracing for another winter on their struggling farm in rural Kentucky, the brothers have become suffocatingly close. Francis' practical jokes become more and more aggressive until the night he accidentally injures Henry in a drunken fight. After humiliating himself in front of a daughter of the town's preeminent family, Henry disappears in the night. Months later, Francis learns that Henry has joined the Union army, and the two are left to find out separately what the approaching war will bring. 98m.

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Cast

David Maloney
as Francis Mellon
Rachel Korine
as Betsy Small
Kate Lyn Sheil
as Josephine Small
Steve Coulter
as Mr. Small
Morgan Raque
as Warren Clubb
Charlotte Arnold
as Sissy Hamblin
Annalese Poorman
as Mrs. Small
Turner Ross
as Valentine Atkin
Kaiden Scott
as Boy at the Stir Off
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All Critics (25) | Top Critics (12)

As with other mumblecore projects, the plot is secondary to mood, naturalism, and the relationship between the two protagonists, but in this historical context that approach is more of a frustration than a virtue.

August 25, 2016 | Full Review…

"Men Go to Battle" isn't always effective, in that way DIY filmmaking sometimes irritates by deliberately avoiding "moments." But as an offbeat lens through which to view an oft-mined era, it has a quiet pull.

July 14, 2016 | Full Review…

The acting here, like too much of the film, ends up registering as unfortunately amateurish.

July 8, 2016 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Striking in its evocation of a demanding time and place, this intimate drama about individual and national transformation heralds the arrival of an arresting new filmmaking voice ...

July 7, 2016 | Full Review…
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Though the film never deeply transcends its basic thesis about the ramshackle lives of frustrated men, the final minutes are improbably touching for how the story eschews uplift in favor of a more honest conclusion.

July 7, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

With the exception of Ms. Korine, the performers often seem to have a hard time shaking off the aura of the contemporary. Nevertheless, there's much of value here.

July 7, 2016 | Full Review…

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