Regeneration

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Screening as part of Shropshires World War One Film FestivalDuring the First World War, men faced questions about themselves never asked before on such a scale when the most enormously destructive conflict the world had ever seen felled tens of thousands every week. Some men broke, and found themselves in asylums. This is a film about some of these men, and some of those who treated them. It deals with a change in the conception of the world so vast that it needed a whole new language to deal with it.Set in Craiglockhart Army Hospital, 1917. Soldiers returning from battle are treated by disillusioned psychiatrist Dr William Rivers, a man beset by his own ethical doubts. Two of the soldiers meeting there are Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen, two of Englands most important WWI poets. This deeply moving story is based on the best-selling novel by Pat Barker.Mackinnons film is a worthy, often engrossing tale, delicately acted and beautifully shot. The sheer horror of trench warfare havent been captured this vividly and emotionally since Kubricks Paths Of Glory. ★★★★ Bob McCabe - Empire.1997 Uk/CanadaRun time: 114 minDir: Gillies MackonnonCast includes: Jonathan Pryce, James Wilby, Johnny Lee MillerFor further information on the festival follow this link:http://www.shropshireremembers.org.uk/shropshires-first-world-war-film-festival/

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