A Private War (film di Matthew Heineman del 2018)

A PRIVATE WAR è un film del 2018, ispirato a fatti realmente accaduti, realizzato attingendo ad un articolo pubblicato dalla rivista Vanity Fair.

Narra dell’inviata di guerra Marie Colvin, rimasta cieca da un occhio a causa di un esplosione, trauma che tuttavia non fermerà la coraggiosa giornalista che continuerà a viaggiare svolgendo il suo lavoro, scoprendo raccapriccianti realtà, conoscendo popoli che vivono disperati, provati dalla fame, sfiniti dal freddo, assediati da bombe e nel mirino dei proiettili.

Vedrà morire bambini, ma Marie rimarrà ferma nel suo scopo: far conoscere quegli orrori al mondo, scrivendo storie agghiaccianti e raccontando in collegamento coi media l’orrore vissuto in diretta. Il 12 febbraio 2012, mentre si trova in Siria, viene uccisa insieme a un fotografo francese, mentre il collega e amico Paul Conroy, pur ferito, sopravvivrà.

Vidi il film al cinema, mi piacque molto, ma confesso di averlo rimosso dalla mente fino a quando la pubblicità televisiva me lo ha ricordato, ed ovviamente l’ho rivisto con piacere. Trovo che il regista Matthew Heineman abbia ricostruito ottimamente gli scenari di guerra tenendo alta la tensione, dando vigore alla trama e scavando intensamente sui personaggi, la Colvin su tutti, capace di reggere non di rado il film sulle sue spalle, con lo sguardo segnato, il fisico provato, ma con un coraggio leonino e un cuore che scalda gli spettatori.

Ottima spalla della protagonista è Jamie Dornan, volto noto per la serie cinematografica di 50 SFUMATURE. Tra gli altri, Tom Hollander, che nello stesso anno girò BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY, e Stanley Tucci, nel ruolo del compagno di Marie, eccellente da par suo.

A PRIVATE WAR è stato in parte girato in territorio bellico e il suo realismo penso sia almeno una delle ragioni per cui vale la pena di vederlo.

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