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TheNew York Film Festivalbegins tonight.Here'sNathanielon the Irish thriller '71 starring this year's breakout actor Jack O'Connell (see also: Starred Up,and Unbroken)


Rookie soldier Gary Hook (Jack O'Connell) is already breathing heavy when'71begins.He and his fellow soldiers are deep in military drills,managing obstacle courses,target practice and running hard miles.Introductions are brief and rote as they meet their commanding officers,only one of whom drops the protocol for a little personality.Lt.Armitage (Sam Reid) attempts to win the new recruits over by admitting that's he's green in his position,too.This isn't comforting to everyone.Just as soon as we've begun the new soldiers get their orders and learn that they're not flying out but staying put in Ireland.

You aren't leaving this country."

For some that sentence will be literal,and a fatalistic omen.But which country are we talking about?Whose country?Belfast in 1971,where the story takes place,was deep into "The Troubles,"a bloody and decades long conflict over the identity of Ireland itself.[more...]


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