Magazine article U.S. Catholic

In the Valley of Elah

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

In the Valley of Elah

Article excerpt

IN THE VALLEY OF ELAH Directed by Paul Haggis (Blackfriars Bridge Films, 2007)

[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]

Four and a half years into the war in Iraq, with the American public and Congress tiring of the prolonged conflict and mounting casualties, Hollywood has begun to release serious dramas about the human costs of the war. In In the Valley of Elah, director Paul Haggis, who explored the underbelly of U.S. race relations in Crash (Bull's Eye Entertainment, 2004), uses the story of a Midwestern military family to examine the moral wounds and scars carried by those pressed into service in this war, brash but likeable young men who have left their fractured souls in a war zone that haunts their sleepless nights.

Hank Deerfield (Tommy Lee Jones) is a hospital-corners, spit-and-polish ex-NCO who will never be completely retired, and loan Deerfield (Susan Sarandon) is the sort of woman who turned quarters into a home on a dozen different bases and poured a river of love into the hearts of her little boys. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.