Saturday, January 01, 2011

Film review: "Behind the Lines" (1997)

Based on the novel Regeneration by Pat Barker and true events, the film chronicles the meeting between a psychologist named Dr. William Rivers (Jonathan Pryce) and his patients, who include "a mute, amnesiac officer named Billy Prior (Jonny Lee Miller), as well as the emotionally depleted poet Wilfred Owen (Stuart Bunce) and another poet and war hero, Siegfried Sassoon (James Wilby). Unlike the others, Sassoon is not, in fact, suffering from any disorder but is being quietly punished for writing a pamphlet denouncing the war."

Christopher Blosser, "Cinema: 'Behind the Lines' (1997)" (Against the Grain, December 30, 2010).


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