“You can not describe war – It’s horrible. You cannot even think about it, unless you were there. If you were there, you’ll know what I’m talking about; you weren’t there, you won’t know what I’m talking about. Undescribable.” – William Guarnere
Number of Times Seen – 1 (7 Mar 2019)
Brief Synopsis – Documentary that details the hardships and difficulties of reintegrating into normal life after experiencing the horrors that men faced in World War II.
My Take on it – This is a film that I came across by accident recently and was quite interesting in seeing it since it features some of the men who’s experiences in war were chronicled in Band of Brothers (2001), The War (2007) and The Pacific (2010).
Those miniseries dealt with how these men felt while experiencing war and this film shows how they managed to cope upon returning home and trying to reintegrate into their old lives in spite of the fact that their experiences caused them to look at the world in very different ways because they were completely changed by everything they saw and did.
The stories told here are quite personal and individual yet it’s easy to see a pattern in the way that these various men who had different yet similar experiences in war were affected by everything that happened to them.
It’s also easy to see how timeless an issue this film deals with, because even after 70 years, the affects of war on those returning from the battlefront hasn’t changed much and those from World War II aren’t any different from those who came home from Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and any other war in history.
They all feel like strangers when trying to reintegrate themselves into their old lives.
After seeing the experiences of these men during war, it’s extremely fascinating seeing how they show the different side of these men as they describe their difficulties following the war.
It’s great seeing how these experiences helped shape their lives and how each of them found different ways to cope and make a strong life despite the difficulties that they faced which is quite profound to listen to.
This film utilizes interviews with both the veterans and their spouses and offspring to help us see various viewpoints on how they are lived through these events which helped shape all of their lives over the years.
Bottom Line – As a fan of Band of Brothers (2001), The War (2007) and The Pacific (2010), I was very intrigued to hear the thoughts of the men who were shown in those films and how they managed after returning home from war. The stories are quite personal yet it’s very easy to see the pattern that has followed these veterans and their counterparts from future wars as they searched for a way to feel at home after experiencing war. It was fascinating seeing a different side of their experiences than were shown in the aforementioned miniseries and will help to try and understand how universal their problem are since they are truly timeless. The perspective on the way things in their lives occurred due to these experiences is great to see because it is so profound even if they each ended up choosing a different kind of path. The interviews with the veterans, their spouses and their offspring helps to show how different generations are able to view the same events yet from differing viewpoints. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Produced by Tom Hanks and HBO. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)
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