Where Soldiers Come From (2011)
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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.
Audience Reviews for Where Soldiers Come From
Heather Courtney has the best of intentions, but her bias is unabashedly evident.
Moving and insightful doc follows a group of childhood friends from Michigan who join the National Guard and are deployed to Afghanistan. No grand political statements here, no melodrama or manipulation, just a simple and haunting portrait of friends in war, and a powerful portrait of its damaging effects upon their return.
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