None of these movies, however, have taken a perspective of war similar to that in "Harrison's
Flowers."This movie looks at the people we forget about, the photojournalists who take us into the battlefield with their cameras.
Set in 1991 during the ethnic cleansing in Europe, the movie shows the importance of the people who make sure the world knows what is going on during wars and the risks they take in order to provide this information.Harrison Lloyd
(David Strathairn) is one of these people.In fact, he is a Pulitzer prize-winning photojournalist who works for Newsweek.He
reluctantly takes an assignment to go shoot a civil war in Yugoslavia.He
was only supposed to be gone for a week, but he
is close to the location of an explosion and is presumed dead.His
wife, Sarah (Andie MacDowell) refuses to believe that her
husband is dead and, against the advice of her
family and friends, embarks on a treacherous journey to bring him back home.
This was insane for more than one reason.First, she
had never seen war except in the pictures and on television.She
had never seen the brutality through anything but her
husband's pictures and personal accounts.She
was also a woman, and within five or six hours of being in the country, she
was beaten up by one enemy solider and almost raped by another.Also, there is no proof that her
husband is alive.Altogether, she
seemed to have lost all her
rationality and was determined to make her
two young children orphans.
Although there are plenty of crazy reasons for her
to not go, there are also many occurrences that justify her
actions and drive her
forward.First, the Red Cross told her
husband died in a building that was hit by a bomb, and that his
body was buried immediately to prevent epidemic.In her
eyes, since she
couldn't see her
husband's body, that meant that he
was still alive.Additionally, she
religiously after Harrison
was presumed dead and believed that she
saw him on a broadcast.Thirdly, their son's birthday was coming up and he
promised to be back by then.
The fact that Harrison
already had a strained relationship with his
son also added fuel to the fire.Sarah received a call the night after her
husband was presumed dead that she
thought came from Harrison
.And, of course, her
overwhelming love for Harrison
to look for him, despite the fact that she
could be signing her
own death certificate.
literally drives into a battlefield, is almost ran over by a tank and sees a man shot point-blank in the head, she
is found by a group of photojournalists trailing the war.
Through this encounter, she
is brought to Kyle (Adrien Brody), another journalist who knew her
husband and agrees to help her
find him.They journey together in a vehicle labeled with T.V. on its sides, windows and hood so they won't be mistaken for the enemy and killed.Many times the war is right outside and they are almost hit by tanks and shells.
Although, the movie is based on a love story, this is almost invisible next to the blatant facts of war that it sets forth.Before Sarah left, people were calling the war a simple "ethnic skirmish."Inside of the action she
saw the ugliness and reality of what she
had been making a career reporting about the majority of her