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Hell and Back Again (15)

Documentary, Action, History

What does it mean to lead men in war? What does it mean to come home? Hell and Back Again is a cinematically revolutionary film that asks and answers these questions with a power and intimacy no previous film about the conflict in Afghanistan has been able to achieve. It is a masterpiece in the cinema of war.

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The critical consensus

The film is very emotional as Danfung unflinchingly captures casualties and a moving mass funeral. There is the sting of truth in the film’s best moments that allow it to stand alongside Restrepo in the canon of exceptional documentary work inspired by an often unfathomable conflict.

***(*)(*)Allan Hunter, The List, 14/09/2011

A bleak picture of the struggle to win the Afghani people’s trust.

****(*)Tom Dawson, Total Film, 10/10/2011

The effect is painful and deeply moving.

Philip French, The Observer, 16/10/2011

Intensely moving.

****(*)The Herald, 20/10/2011

Hell and Back Again (15)

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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