In the Valley of Elah

Section: Discovery of America
Directed by: Paul Haggis

United States, 2007

Dir.: Paul Haggis
Scr.: Mark Boal, Paul Haggis
Phot.: Roger Deakins
Editor: Jo Francis
Music: Mark Isham
Cast: Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron, Jason Patric, Josh Brolin, Susan Sarandon, James Franco, Barry Corbin
Format: 35 mm
118 mins
Distributor in Hungary: SPI


Named for the storied location of the Biblical battle between David and Goliath, In the Valley of Elah resonates with the hopes and fears of a generation that feels itself caught in a fight it cannot possibly win. Boasting a stellar cast, this is a moving and eloquent commentary on the sociological and psychological effects of war, a deft portrait of our times crafted by one of the most provocative filmmakers in America today. (Noah Cowan )

When model soldier Mike Deerfield mysteriously goes AWOL after returning to his hometown in New Mexico at the end of a tour on the front lines in Iraq, his career-officer father, Hank begin a search to find him. Hank enlists the aid of police detective Emily Sanders in the hunt. The harrowing investigation drops a bomb on the family - Mike has been murdered. Hank becomes even more consumed with the case, desperate to find out what really happened to his son after he went out on the town with the members of his former platoon. When puzzling details are revealed about the shell-shocked young soldier’s last night alive, they offer no solace…

See also:
3:10 to Yuma Body/Antibody
Half Nelson Loren Cass
Rescue Dawn Shotgun Stories
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