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A man bearing the unseen scars of war struggles to recover amidst a family in chaos in this drama from writer and director Danis Tanovic. Mark Walsh (Colin Farrell) is a photojournalist who has earned a reputation for working in some of the most unforgiving locations on Earth, so when his editor Amy (Juliet Stevenson) asks him to cover the fighting in Kurdistan, Mark takes the assignment and thinks little of it, though his wife Elena (Paz Vega) is considerably more concerned. Mark and his friend and fellow photographer David (Jamie Sives) head off to the war full of confidence, but when Mark comes home alone after being separated from David, he seems like a different person, gaunt and unable to relax. Elena can't get Mark to talk about what he saw that left him so traumatized, so she invites her father Joaquin (Christopher Lee), a veteran psychoanalyst with military experience, for a visit to see if he can help. But as Joaquin struggles to get Mark to open up, the father's presence ignites an old conflict between him and Elena; the doctor was a supporter of Franco during the Spanish Civil War and served under the dictator's regime, and Elena has never been able to forgive him for his actions against the Spanish loyalists. Triage was an official selection at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival.

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Critic Reviews for Triage

All Critics (3)

  • It's a film to admire from afar, taking on the challenge of depicting war zone trauma, but it rarely connects in any sort of profound manner.

    Aug 26, 2010 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • It's the 88-year-old Christopher Lee's juiciest role in ages, and watching him play off with Farrell is easily worth enduring the shortcomings in 'Triage.'

    Aug 7, 2010 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • ...the central character's journey, while metaphorically rich in an obvious way, lacks some credence when all is said and done...Branko Djuric's Talzani could carry his own whole film

    Aug 2, 2010 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Triage

  • Apr 24, 2011
    Mark Walsh (Colin Farrell) and his buddy David (Jamie Sives) are army photographers for a newspaper whose current assignment is in war torn Kurdistan. Whilst there they are witness to the terrifying realities of war but when an explosion occurs and Mark is seriously injured he returns home to his beautiful wife Elena played by Paz Vega leaving David behind. His wife is concerned as she watches Mark struggling to readjust and enlists the help of her "fascist" grandfather Joaquin, played by Christopher Lee, a psychiatrist who once treated war criminals. A chilling tale of the post trauma stress experienced by soldiers and others who witness something beyond their mind's comprehension, it is hard not to become emotionally effected by this film after watching it!
    Deb S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 01, 2011
    A good role for colin farrell, the film deals well with a photo jouirnalists conflicts not just during wartime but back home where the bulk of this story takes place, missing his partner and friend coming home, friends want to get to bottom of what went on there. a enjoyable film, feels very tv movie which it might well be, but that doesent distract as stoey is well tod and styrong at times
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • Jan 25, 2011
    WELL...a Colin Farrel film that I really, really liked. I have never been a big fan of his, but he did a wonderful job in this movie. Powerful, profoundly moving film. Difficult to watch at times, but worthwhile with an award level performance from Colin Farrell. He is supported by an outstanding cast. Christopher Lee is of particular note..he was extremely well casted in this. But the films impact depends on Colin, and he reveals what a truly great actor he can be when liberated from action movie hell. Well directed, and thoughtful.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 10, 2010
    While this war drama was predictable, it still kept me interested in it due to its excellent execution. Great performances by the actors involved added icing on the cake. However, this won't be everyone's cup of tea.
    familiar s Super Reviewer

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