Downtown Mall : Regal 1
In Country2014. USA. 80 min.
Director: Mike Attie, Meghan O'Hara Featuring: Steve Pelikan, Scott Johnston, Jason Woolery, Brayden Ford
preceded by the short film Crooked Candy (6 min.)
This immersive meditation on the ghosts of combat follows a platoon of soldiers reenacting the Vietnam War in the woods of Oregon. We follow Doc, a charismatic medic haunted by two tours in Iraq; Tuna, an adrenaline-loving soldier facing his second tour to Afghanistan; Vinh, who served in the South Vietnamese Army as a teenager; Bummy, a Vietnam Vet who mentors the group from his own experience; and Cricket, a high-schooler who enlists in the Marines before graduation in order to serve his country. Mixing archival reels from Vietnam, soldiers’ own footage from Iraq and Afghanistan, and scenes of reenactment maneuvers, this disquieting trip into the men’s minds and private lives blurs fantasy with trauma, therapy with nostalgia.