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On a 1991 assignment for Newsweek in Yugoslavia, photojournalist Harrison Lloyd (the excellent David Strathairn) is reported missing.
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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
French culture | cinema | Harrison's Flowers, a film by Elie Chouraqui
Harrison Lloyd, press photographer for Newsweek, is sent into Yugoslavia to cover a minor conflict.
Harrison is an ex-Scotland ...
Harrison is an ex-Scotland yard detective hired to save an ex-convict accused of killing a New York cop.
Harrison prowls the Big Apple by day and night seeking the answers to his mysterious case, but more importantly the answer to the question "Why isn't the New York Police Department investigating the case?"
Each scene is flatly layed outand consists of a conversation between Harrison
, a retired Scotland Yardcop, and somebody else, usually some street crumb.
Harrison Lloyd is a Pulitzer-winning photojournalist.
wife and family are making it hard for him to keep his
mind on his
work when he's
in a war zone, and he
wants to change jobs to something less stressful.
got one last assignment, in war-torn Yugoslavia, in 1991, at the height of the fighting.
But it is Sarah who leaves others in disbelief, hell-bent in her pursuit to find Harrison
, dead or alive.
Continuity: When Eric, Sarah and Marc are driving through the war-torn countryside trying to make their way to the hospital where they believe Harrison
might be, the large SUV they are driving has a giant "TV" painted in white on the front windshield.
Revealing mistakes: In the final scene, it is told that Sarah and Harrison
have moved to St. Louis and they are seen dancing during this voice-over.
The 'hook' of the story is that Sarah Lloyd (Andie MacDowell) travelsto Croatia in 1991 to try to find and rescue her husband Harrison
, aprize-winning journalist who is missing, presumed killed. (The flowersof the title are those in his greenhouse - tended in his absence bytheir young son).
There aredeleted scenes (mainly Sarah and Harrison
, family and friends in theUS), cast interviews, a digital effects feature, theme song video, &c..
As Sara (the wife) and the photographers look for Harrison Lloyd
, notonlydo you see how far a wife will go in order to find her husband, but youalsowitness just how far photojournalists will go in order to save theirown.
The central figure of this moviefrom a standpoint of character arc is not Harrison
, or his wife, Sarah, butKyle Morris.
and Sarah's son was sort of creepy.
Sorry, but there itis.
Harrison Lloyd is a photojournalist who has already won a Pulitzerprice with his photographs of several wars.
now has a wife andtwo children and he
doesn't want to go to another war-zone anymore,because he
is afraid that he
might die while doing his
wants tochange jobs, but his
boss has given him one last assignment.
He'll haveto travel to ex-Yugoslavia, where the civil war has just started.
Whatappears to be a small incident at first, quickly proves to be one ofthe most gruesome wars in recent history and it doesn't take longbefore Harrison
is missing, presumably dead.
wife Sarah refusesto believe that he's
no longer alive and decides to go after him and tolook for him.
penetrates deeper into the war zone, she
isconfronted with all the horrors that were committed in this war: randomexecutions of soldiers and civilians, rape, snipers, the uncertainty ofwhere and who the enemy is,...
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Harrison is presumed dead, but it is Sarah who leaves others in disbelief, hell-bent in her pursuit to find him, dead or alive.
David Strathairn .... Harrison Lloyd
: "Well, Sam, it's like my luck bank is down to zero.
: "Sam, all I can think about now is Sarah and the kids.
: "Oh, your brother's a hypocritical son-of-a-bitch.
: "Yeah, I know, and the St. Louis Patanical Gardens is a waste of taxpayers' money.
[pause] "I'm kidding.
No, your brother is a very wise man, and I envy him."
• "Now, nobody knows how Harrison
got to the hospital.
Strathairn doesn't have much screen time but manages to infuse Harrison
with enough of a warm personality so that the audience cares when he goes missing early on in the film.
Once Strathairn leaves the film, though, his absence is horribly felt... With MacDowell fiddling around and Chouraqui aimlessly trying to put the film together, at least the audience is also deeply intent on the possible reemergence of Harrison--not only does that bring a happy ending (the film's actual ending, by the way, is little more than a contrivance), but also brings some of the needed support from the always dependable Strathairn.
• "On a 1991 assignment for Newsweek in Yugoslavia, photojournalist Harrison Lloyd (the excellent David Strathairn) is reported missing.
-Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
• "Andie MacDowell is Sarah Lloyd, a Newsweek correspondent with two young children, a posh home and a globe-trotting husband, Harrison (the versatile David Strathairn).
was this guy who really lived his passions for life, through his love for her (Sarah) and his work.