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Harrison's Flowers
cast: Scott Anton, Adrien Brody, Andie MacDowell, Alun Armstrong, and Elias Koteas

director: Elie Chouraqui

126 minutes (15) 2000
Pathé VHS rental or retail
Also available to rent or buy on DVD
[released 4 August]

RATING: 7/10
reviewed by Mike Philbin
Well, this may sound harsh but... No, not yet. Let's be positive.
   Based on the book Fleurs d'Harrison by Isabel Ellsen, Harrison's Flowers tells the story of Newsweek photojournalist Cesar Lloyd who goes missing while covering the war in Yugoslavia. His wife Sarah is unconvinced that he is dead and she takes herself off to the war zone in a vain attempt to track him down.
   Harrison's Flowers indulges in a harrowing depiction of the Yugoslavian war. It deals frankly and openly with the issue of ethnic cleansing. Through use of excellent special effects, it shows the horror and bomb-blasted terror of war. It is a truly riveting movie, easy to watch but gruesome in the most believable way. There is no doubting the fact, war is neither romantic nor heroic - it is sheer insanity and totally inhuman.
   Andie MacDowell comes close to destroying this movie. She is neither frumpy when she needs to be, nor sexy when the opportunity arises. She can't portray the emotions demanded of her by the well-written script. Her delivery of dialogue is... I am being too harsh. Harrison's Flowers is a really good movie; just shoot the casting director who chose McDowell for this pivotal role.
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