Thursday, August 13, 2015

Phoenix (2015)

I have no clue what it is like to live through a war. Hopefully I never will. Not only is there all the grief and loss that comes with bombing and battles, but there is also the shock of coming home to a world that has moved on without you. Your old apartment has been blown to bits and that person who always swore they would love only you doesn’t even recognize you. You want everything to be the same but that isn’t possible. You cling to what you knew. No matter how hard you try to go back to the “old you”, you cannot. And it isn’t just because everyone and everything else has changed. You have changed as well. You have lived through experiences that only others who lived through them can understand. Stuff that you’d probably not talk about. From here on, you are out of step with the rest of the world. How can you ever really come to grips with that? Phoenix is about all of that and so much more. Easily one of the best films I’ve seen all year.

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