Behind the Lines (aka Regeneration)

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Released 1998

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Director:
Gillies MacKinnon
Released:
1998
Rating:
R
Behind the Lines (aka Regeneration) is a biography of a famous poet and his World War One experiences that inspired his work. The film opens in London with Siegfried Sassoon (James Wilby) entering Craiglockhart, a Scottish mental hospital. Siegfried is an officer in the British army and has effectively written a letter, published in the London Times, criticizing England's participation in the war. His commander decides to commit Siegfried instead of court marshaling him and leaves the officer in the care of Dr. Rivers (Jonathan Pryce). There, Siegfried meets Brain Prior (Jonny Lee Miller), a mute deserter and womanizer, along with poet Wilfred Owen (Stuart Bunce). The three help one another in creating great poetry, while interned at the hospital. Meanwhile, frustrated about his patient's slow progress, Dr. Rivers travels to Dr. Lewis Yealland's (John Neville) office in London, where he learns the art of shock therapy. At first appalled by the cruel rehabilitation method, Rivers takes notice at its effectiveness. Siegfried soon learns that his doctor has ordered some new shock equipment. The poet must now decide whether he will stay in the hospital and continue his writing or leave and return to the front lines of the war effort.moreless
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