The Somnambulists

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The personal and emotional cost of war is explored at close range in this unusual drama from filmmaker Richard Jobson. For The Somnambulists, Jobson conducted interviews with more than two hundred British veterans of the war in Iraq, and from them culled fifteen monologues in which men and women who experienced combat first hand talk about what they saw and how if has effected them. The nameless characters speak directly to the camera, with simple talking-head interviews dominating the film, and while the monologues present people from a wide variety of social and economic backgrounds as well as military experience, rank, and duty, all reach a similar conclusion -- they will always bear the scars of what they experienced, and that the needlessness of their efforts makes their burden all the greater. The Somnambulists received its world premiere at the 2011 London BFI Film Festival.

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  • serve[s] as an in-your- face memorial to those, from all sides, who have lost their lives in Basra, and as a j'accuse to all of us for letting them die.

    Jun 29, 2012 | Full Review…

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