The War Zone

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Released 1999

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1999
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The War Zone is a haunting drama centered around a dysfunctional family living in quarters too close for their own good. The film is based on a book by Alexander Stuart and was the directorial debut of renown English actor Tim Roth (Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Funny Games). The War Zone follows 15-year old Tom (Freddie Cunliffe) as he is forced to pack his things and move to the Devonshire countryside with his family. He wallows in nostalgia as he reminisces on his friends who he left behind in London. As he spends more time in his new quarters, he discovers a disturbing secret regarding his father (Ray Winstone) and his 18-year old sister Jessie (Lara Belmont). As Tom further inspects the overly affectionate relationship that exists between his father and his sister, he realizes his mother (Tilda Swinton) is completely oblivious to the entire ordeal. Tensions rise between Tom and his sister when she finds out he has unveiled her darkest secret. The War Zone received worldwide critical acclaim after it's release in 1999. What makes this movie so special is not the subject matter, but the way in which the subject matter is presented. A must see for all those who enjoy a good family drama.moreless

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  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Brilliant and heartbreaking, takes place in the present but is timeless.

  • 60

    The New York Times

    The actor Tim Roth makes a fierce, disturbing directorial debut with a film that treats incest as something worse than a terrible secret.

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times

    Much of its strength resides in the way it eschews narrative contrivance. The movie observes behavior without explaining or judging it.

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