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A Private War
DIRECTOR Matthew Heineman
CAST Rosamund Pike, Tom Hollander, Stanley Tucci, Faye Marsay
Rosamund Pike excels as celebrated war correspondent Marie Colvin in this compelling drama about her life.
Celebrated war correspondent Marie Colvin spent her professional life chasing down the human stories at the centre of some of recent history’s deadliest conflicts until she was killed by a bomb during the 2012 siege of Homs in Syria. This gripping dramatisation of her life features a career-best performance from Rosamund Pike, focusing on Colvin’s unique character to ask what drove her to these extreme places. Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land, City of Ghosts) brings his skills as a documentary filmmaker to this compelling, deeply moving and meticulously made drama.
(2018 UK / USA 110 mins)
Rosamund Pike gives a career best performance in A Private War … Heineman’s film is, in many ways, the movie so many people say they want: a portrait of a deeply complex, flawed, but brilliant and forceful woman. But as tempting as it is to think of Pike’s Colvin, with her eyepatch and sailor’s mouth, as a “badass,” there’s not much that’s aspirational about the film. It’s wise enough to see both the courage and the immense value in her work, and the tremendous toll it took on her life, all the way to the end. Because of that, it doesn’t feel like the back-pat other recent journalism films have. It departs not with a “Mission Accomplished” banner, but with a sense of the weight of witnessing and reporting – not only as Colvin’s burden, but as that of whomever feels compelled to take up her mantle. Emily Yoshida, Vulture
BBFC advice: Contains bloody injury detail and strong language
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