I decided to put this in Off-Topic because it is not a survivor's film. Just thought that I wanted to get the feelings out on "paper" so to speak.
I got up early this morning and watched the movie "Gallipoli" by myself. I watched it once before in the 80s when it first came out.
I'm not a big fan of war movies, but this one, for some reason, reduces me to tears every time that I watch it. I guess that it strikes me hard about the senslessness of war and how the two main characters were so young and glamorized the fact that they were joining the Light Horsemen hoping for all of the glory and pagentry. In the end, they recognize war for what it is.
The most striking scene (and I won't give out too much for those who haven't seen the movie) was the men writing to their loved ones knowing that they were going to die.
Afterwards, I went on the Internet and did a search about that particular episode in WWI. I dicovered that 250,000 allies and 300,000 Turks died on that Peninsula - and also found out that there was a new film released this past Spring in Istambul. There are supposed to be releases in the US sometime soon. THis film is a little more balanced (the other one was strictly from an Aussie perspective) because they got footage, diaries, notes, etc from BOTH sides of the fighting.
Anyway, just had to write down my reaction again to the film. If you have never seen it, you owe it to yourself to rent a copy... it's not the typical war film. I also think it was one of Mel Gibson's first acting jobs....
additional editing: It also made me think of issues going on right now in Iraq and how thankful I am that I have been blessed with freedom in the US. That freedom comes with a heavy price. I am grateful to those young men and women who risk their lives every day in the armed forces to help preserve that ideal of freedom.
There are no unresolved issues - they just didn't resolve themselves the way we would have liked. "Grinder and Bandler - Neuro-Linguistic Programming"