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Year: 2000
USA: Universal Focus
Cast: Andie MacDowell, David Strathairn, Elias Koteas, Adrien Brody, Brendan Gleeson, Alun Armstrong, Scott Anton, Quinn Shephard, Diane Baker, Corey Johnson, Joel Kirby, Amy Huck, Christopher Clarke, Caroline Goodall, Scott Terry, Christian Charmetant, Marie Trintignant, Rich Gold, Gregory Linington, Sasa Nikolic, Deborah Michaels, Nicole Estabrooks, Marie Beatrice Bernert, Gerard Butler, Bela Gruschka, Dale Wyatt
Director: Elie Chouraqui
Country: France
Language: English / French
USA: 130 mins
USA Rated: R for strong war violence and gruesome images, pervasive language and brief drug use
USA Release Date: 15 March 2002 (Limited Release)


Hesitating was not an option for Sarah Lloyd (Andie MacDowell). True love doesn't hesitate... and Sarah was surviving on the focus of that love.

Harrison Lloyd (David Strathairn) is a Pulitzer Prize winning photo-journalist for Newsweek magazine, regularly sent away on lengthy assignments to cover hazardous war situations. Although celebrated for his daring coverage, Harrison is keen to retire from the frontline in order to spend more time with his wife Sarah (MacDowell, Four Weddings And A Funeral) and their two young children.

Despite Harrison's reluctance, his editor convinces him to go away to war-torn Yugoslavia for one final assignment in October 1991. Shortly after he leaves, Sarah receives word that Harrison has died following the collapse of a building, not far from the epicentre of the conflict in Vukovar. However, thinking she has caught sight of him on a TV broadcast, Sarah believes her husband is still alive and driven by an intense passion, plunges into a land ravaged by war to risk her own life in a relentless search to find him.

Immersing herself into a world she never fathomed, Sarah embarks on a perilous journey to find Harrison (David Strathairn), her husband, colleague and father of their two children. The Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist is missing on an assignment in a country far from home. He is presumed dead by his associates and his editor Samuel Brubeck (Alun Armstrong).

But it is Sarah who leaves others in disbelief, hell-bent in her pursuit to find Harrison - dead or alive. Rather than convincing her to turn back, she convinces Harrison's colleagues to forge ahead. In helping Sarah, fellow photojournalists Kyle (Adrien Brody), Stevenson (Brendan Gleeson) and Harrison's best friend Yeager (Elias Koteas) find a new perspective in the midst of this horrendous battle of brother against brother. Armed solely with their camera lenses, all muster a courage they never knew they had.

And life, as Sarah knew it, suddenly becomes unreal. Reality now could only be found in the surreal.


UK DVD/Video: Pathe Distribution Ltd
UK Certificate: 15
Running Time: 126 mins
Language: English
DVD Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 (16x9)
DVD Sound Quality: 5.1/DTS

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