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War Story (2014)

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A war photographer who recently endured a brutal detainment in Libya holes up in Sicily to come to terms with her ordeal, not far from the home of her former lover and mentor. Soon she ... See full summary »


Mark Jackson
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Cast overview:
Catherine Keener ... Lee
Hafsia Herzi ... Hafsia
Ben Kingsley ... Albert
Vincenzo Amato ... Filippo
Donatella Finocchiaro ... Daria
Guido Caprino ... Doctor
Luana Toscano ... Maid
Wejdi Trabelsi Wejdi Trabelsi ... Tunisian Man
Rosario Petix Rosario Petix ... Cop #1
Giuseppe Petix Giuseppe Petix ... Cop #2
Loredana Marino Loredana Marino ... Nurse
Amalia Contarini Amalia Contarini ... Waitress


A war photographer who recently endured a brutal detainment in Libya holes up in Sicily to come to terms with her ordeal, not far from the home of her former lover and mentor. Soon she crosses paths with a Tunisian migrant in need of an abortion and safe passage to France, who bears a striking resemblance to a Libyan girl Lee photographed just before her capture. Written by Production

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How far would you go to escape yourself?



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English | Italian | French

Release Date:

30 July 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Mark Jackson Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Sicily, Italy

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Written by Amy Lee
Produced by Amy Lee and Dave Eggar
Vocals and keyboards: Amy Lee
Programming: Amy Lee and Chuck Palmer
Drums: Chuck Palmer
Guitar: Joel Hoekstra
Bass: Amanda Ruzza
Mixed by Brendan Muldowney
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Didn't enjoy the film; just like the character isn't enjoying herself
23 August 2014 | by saveourlivesSee all my reviews

I am very surprised to see that the film has such a low score (4,9 at the time this review is written) and gets negative to mediocre reviews from most critics and viewers.

Yes, this is not an enjoyable film. But it is so for a reason! It's the story of a traumatized war photographer, told from her point of view. And the way the camera tells the story stays definitely true to this character's confusion, denial and pain.

The highlights are Keener's performance and the beautifully minimalist score by Dave Eggar and Amy Lee.

I'm sure Jackson knew that this style of filmmaking is highly unpopular, especially in the blockbuster-driven and feel-good-indie-film-filled US. I give him additional kudos for deciding to go for it anyway.

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