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Southern Comfort

Another Ang Lee movie, and another period piece. It's set in the civil war and we follow a group of disenfranchised southern rebel rousers through a full year of war. Sometimes their fighting, sometimes their hiding, other times they are seeking revenge.

This one stars Tobey Maguire, Skeet Ulrich, and Jewel (yes, the singer). Like most of Ang Lee's work, it has many layers - part sweeping historical drama of the civil war as it moves west, part coming of age story, and still more commentary on the ideas of family bonds.

Ang Lee's movies seem to have at least one scene of acute realism - the frozen diving board in Ice Storm, Emma Thompson's sisterly concern for Kate Winslet in Sense and Sensability, and this movie has it's ugly war scenes. The imprecision of the weapons combined with the conflicting goals of each side make for a loud and realistic portrait of the civil war. No one ends up a hero in this movie and there doesn't seem to be a 'good guy'.

I enjoyed this film.

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