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3.5
85 Ratings

Men Go to Battle

Directed by Zachary Treitz
United States, 2015
Comedy, Drama, History

Synopsis

The story of Francis and Henry Mellon, two brothers struggling to hold their crumbling estate together outside a small Kentucky town in the fall of 1861.

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Men Go to Battle Directed by Zachary Treitz
Treitz uses his considerably appealing and talented actors well… Even more impressive is Brett Jutkiewicz’s finely shaded cinematography, as rich in textural atmosphere with day and night exteriors as it is with candle-lit interiors. He and Treitz, are especially partial to handheld camera movements, à la Malick, which not only convey a strong physical sense of a time when many people traveled by foot, but later come to resonate with poignant thematic force.
July 05, 2016
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The richly textured images by the cinematographer Brett Jutkiewicz offer an agile Impressionism illuminated by flickering bonfires and streaky sunlight; the actors’ blend of twitchiness and terse wit, chewy accents and untamed gestures, seems to grow spontaneously from the landscape. The film dramatizes the violence of war in deftly imaginative touches and captures grand swaths of history on the wing; it’s an instant-classic Western.
July 01, 2016
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Despite its archetypal story and familiar historical milieu, the film takes nothing for granted, rediscovering the base interactions—physical, social, economic, emotional—at the heart of everyday life, and sustaining a tone of intimacy.
April 08, 2015
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