The Dry Land

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Released 2010

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The Dry Land

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Director:
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Released:
2010
Rating:
R
The Dry Land tells the story of James (Ryan O'Nan), a veteran of the Iraqi conflict, as he returns home to a small town in West Texas and struggles to reconcile his experiences overseas with the life and family he left at home. Having only scattered memories of the deadly hit on his humvee in Iraq, James quickly slips back into the rhythm of his home life with his wife, Sara (Executive Producer America Ferrera), and his mother, Martha (Academy Award nominee Melissa Leo). However, taking a new job at his Father-In-Law's (Benito Martinez) slaughterhouse begins to stir his dormant anxieties..

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  • 60

    New York Daily News Elizabeth Weitzman

    There's nothing in director Ryan Piers Williams' script that elevates this film above others with similar themes. But his heartfelt approach can be seen in the committed cast -- le...

  • 40

    The New York Times Jeannette Catsoulis

    Sincere performances elevate an underdeveloped script and awkward filmmaking in The Dry Land, a coming-home drama as inexpressive as its traumatized lead.

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times

    Shaped more for message than for convincing narrative impact, The Dry Land ends up feeling like a PSA to raise awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder.

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