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Neither Heaven Nor Earth

2015 1h 40m Drama Fantasy Mystery & Thriller War List
92% Tomatometer 26 Reviews 46% Audience Score 100+ Ratings The soldiers in a French army unit in Afghanistan begin disappearing one by one. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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Robert Abele Los Angeles Times One of the more unusual and effective explorations of modern war and its capacity for bewilderment and piercing damage. Aug 10, 2016 Full Review Brian Tallerico A tense tale of faith and mystery. Rated: 3/4 Aug 5, 2016 Full Review A.O. Scott New York Times It's not just spooky; it's genuinely haunting. Aug 4, 2016 Full Review Dustin Chang ScreenAnarchy With Neither Heaven Nor Earth, Cogitore creates an intriguing allegory of an unwinnable war. Jul 17, 2020 Full Review Allen Almachar The MacGuffin For all the good things Cogitore and production do, I walked away wishing I liked it more. Rated: B Jul 13, 2020 Full Review Brent McKnight The Last Thing I See An esoteric mystery that defies easy explanation or classification. Rated: B Jul 3, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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Liam D Combining real time war drama and psychological tension to make it an underrated thriller that is worth watching Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 06/23/22 Full Review Audience Member Without giving away spoilers, the ending wasn't satisfying at all and left more questions than answers. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Audience Member This is I film about combat paranoia located in Afghanistan. You do not see the soldiers get killed but the warped fantasy of paranoid soldiers imagining a different death. One where they simply disappear to heaven. Real combat but with altered minds and fictitious illusions of the events as part of the soldiers coping mechanism. In reality it is a combat film on the Pakistan border in which for French soldiers get killed in action with the Taliban and the viewer sees it through the eyes of the soldiers who see something completely different. All The viewer sees is the mad but tranquil mind numbing interpretation of death. With watching? Not really Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review william s A slow burn war flick not up to par with some of the better ones the last few years. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Afghanistan is not a friendly place. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/19/23 Full Review Audience Member In short: Intriguing plot, leaving us with unanswered questions about the little an armed force can do in those circumstances. Horror movie without gore yet tense from start to finish Saw this at the Leiden film festival (LIFF 2015. Strong atmosphere, portraying the environment where these soldiers have to survive, full of uncertainties about the inhabitants, their habits, and their way of thinking. There is much more than merely a language barrier, and even the best interpreter is at a loss here. The best example making this point is when they interrogate a young boy, who explains several things in terms we don't really understand, but the boy certainly sees it as facts. A surprisingly consistent and logical explanation how the world works in his eyes. [possible spoiler ahead] I did not understand the final 10 minutes. Four sheep were killed, shaved and put in body bags, possibly referring to a story that was told in the beginning of the movie, when the group failed to collect all body parts of a killed soldier. A body bag was filled with some extra sand to make up the weight of a man, after which the box was sealed and sent home. We saw the captain court-martialed because of being held responsible for the death of four men, while he and we knew that these four were just missing, believed held hostage and kept in an underground cave. But, as said before, I did not understand this part of the movie and thus may have missed an important clue. [end spoiler alert] All in all, an interesting story to demonstrate how misplaced these alien forces are actually, in a strange world populated with people they don't really understand. And we have a second story line in parallel, actually a horror story without the usual gore, yet tense as we don't understand what has happened really, leaving us viewers with the same unanswered questions as the main protagonists on screen. Everyone acts believably, soldiers as well as inhabitants, and offer a strong performance throughout. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis The soldiers in a French army unit in Afghanistan begin disappearing one by one.
Clément Cogitore
Jean-Christophe Reymond
Clément Cogitore, Thomas Bidegain
Production Co
Kazak Productions, Tarantula Belgique
Drama, Fantasy, Mystery & Thriller, War
Original Language
French (France)
Release Date (Streaming)
Oct 18, 2016
Box Office (Gross USA)
1h 40m
Aspect Ratio
Flat (1.85:1)
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