Have I got some good news for you.
You may not know this, but both, "Behind The Lines" and, "Empire Of The Sun," are true stories.
I was so taken by these films myself, that I did some net surfing to check into the stories.
Spielberg did such an authentic job in producing, "Empire," that he filmed a lot of the scenes on the same streets and other locations in Shanghai that have not changed since WWII.
The guy, J. G. Ballard, who wrote the story, lived it and said that it took him twenty years to forget what happened to him, and another 20 years to remember it again in order to write it. Kinda sounds like some of us old timers here who have taken so long to deal with our pasts.
When you view the film next time, the author has a small part as the butler at the costume party where the boy leaves to sail his model plane in the backyard.
The other movie really moved me--sorry, I just talk like that sometimes......
"Behind The Lines," was about how the poets, Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sasson, actually met--in that hospital for the shell shocked.
Wilfred did die in that war but thanks to Sasson, who saw to it that Owen's work was collected, his art lives on. Some powerful poetry, if you haven't already discovered.
I'm suspecting that you were taken by these films, because they ring true and reach us where we live.
VIVA FILM and VIVA WRITERS who can show us at our best.
And, VIVA YOU for bringing these to our attention!
"No soul is desolate as long as there is a human being for whom it can feel trust and reverence."