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I Was a Soldier

UK 2024
produced by
Russell Meyers, Jenna Popperwell, Maralyn Reynolds (executive), David Reynolds (executive) for Great British Entertainment, Lexicon Film Productions
directed by Myles Petford
starring Russell Meyers, Kevin Horsham, Eleanor Byrne, Heather Cairns, James Hare, Sonia Sackey, Chris Wilson, Rocci Boy Williams, Lottie F. Yinka, Annaliza Pacho, Helen Gibbs, Claire Coull, Jessica Flood, Richard Stride, Robert Preston, Britney Hildreth, Frederick Di Rosa, Katie Swarbick, Bonnie Swarbick, Elizabeth Rands, Eloise Pink, Rosalie Cuthbert, Margaret James, Paula Brett, Calum Andrew Ralph, Hannah Mauvis, Joshua Mauvis, Julie Faye, John Paul, Dave Savage, Charles Rochelle, Neil Simms, Sam Ball, Jak Butler
story by Russell Meyers, screenplay by Myles Petford, music by Toby Dunham

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Dave (Russell Meyers) has served his country as a paratrooper in the Falkland War. But that was many years ago, and the war has left him with PTSD, which means he had severe difficulties re-adjusting to life as a civilian - so much so that he has been living on the streets for the past several years, with only his dog Sally as his companion. But now Sally needs surgery, and even if the vet (Jessica Flood) offers to make him a special price, that's still more than Dave can even hope to make from just begging for money ...

These days, Dave has made an abandoned trailer his home, right across Malcky's (Kevin Horsham) little burger shack, and at first Malcky tries to chase off the homeless man, deeming him bad for business - but somehow they become fast friends instead, also owing to the fact that Malcky has served in the army himself and lost his son in a war. So he and his help Ruth (Eleanor Byrne) try to help Dave back on track, try to get him a job and when that doesn't work persuade him to sell flowers next to their shack. And after a slow start, he actually does decent business, also thanks to a well-meaning reporter (Sonia Sackey) putting a tearjerker article about the vet trying to save his dog by selling flowers into a popular local mag. This though puts housing council officer Harris (Heather Cairns) on his case, who deems Dave a threat to society and his trailer a safety hazard, and she'll stop at nothing to have him evicted. On top of that, Sally's condition takes a turn for the worse ...


Now granted, this isn't at all a film that's free of tearjerker moments - but at the same time it's also a movie with a lot of heart, and these moments all come from that heart, not from manipulating the audience's lachrymal gland with exaggerated clichés. And as a result, there's more to this film's story than just a man trying to save his dog, this one goes much more in the direction of social commentary, and a fittingly subtle directorial effort helps the film hitting its mark, while naturalistic and relatable performances keep things grounded, all of this making I Was a Soldier a really worthwhile watch. 


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