This Is Not a War Story

2021, Drama

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This Is Not a War Story takes a sobering yet uplifting look at life after combat -- and life-altering friendship in unexpected places. Read critic reviews

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Timothy Reyes hustles through the NYC subway system. Oblivious passers-by don't notice he is popping pills, fading, killing himself. Discovered dead on an empty train, no one knows him to be a combat veteran. His mentor, Will LaRue blames himself and wrestles with the guilt, and a resurgence of his own demons from war. His refuge: a multi-generational community of artist veterans, who make handmade paper out of military uniforms. Shredding them, pulverizing them -- uniforms are reconstituted into paper, onto which the veterans express their rage, humor, memories, and hopes, in the form of art and poetry. Into this community arrives Isabelle -- a veteran recently returned home, only to find home more alienating and hostile than being at war. Her brother and estranged mother can't fathom or accept her identity as a Marine. Will and Isabelle forge a tenuous alliance in this community of mostly white male veterans, and Isabelle's increasing fixation on Will as some kind of savior or teacher digs directly against his private struggle to accept Timothy's suicide and intensifies his self-blame for failing to save him. The confrontations and the bond between Will and Isabelle propel them into a deeper questioning of themselves, and into what it means, finally, to want to live.

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