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Butterfly Vision

This is a very thoughtful, nuanced take on how war impacts ordinary people. It doesn’t make excuses for them but it shows how it can turn people into far right nationalist extremists just as easily as it can turn people into heroes. It’s a war film that happens completely away from the war itself, but rather it goes into the psyche of those who’ve been there.

There aren’t any big, gruesome death scenes and there isn’t a budget just for blood, but that doesn’t take away from how rough an experience it is. If not rougher than your average war aesthetic. It doesn’t do any of that because it doesn’t need to – the horror of war is presented in this as everything that goes on once a soldier has found physical distance from it.

During the screening I found myself amazed at how quick a production turnaround this must’ve been given the themes and the imagery it shows. I’m even more surprised to learn that this was actually made before the war as we know it today. For a film that’s only been released this year, it’s already proven what a timeless narrative it unfortunately is.

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