We need films. They’re a narrative that can show the world what we’ve experienced, and how we feel, as we sometimes struggle for words.
Isn’t it difficult? Going off to war? Leaving hearth and home, leaving the children, the spouse, all those things that are essential to who you are?
I haven’t seen the film, “Fort Bliss,” but this story about the Mother-Soldier or Soldier-Mother is one that deserves to be told. How many of us have known a female Marine, Soldier, Airman, or Sailor who hasn’t struggled upon coming home?
The film was shot in El Paso and on Ft Bliss with the full cooperation of the U.S. Army Motion Picture & Television Liaison Office. This means they did everything from read the script and make suggestions for accuracy, to help arrange the filming schedule on post. What it doesn’t mean is that they edited the film, or used undue influence to shape the film.
So here’s your chance to write a review for us. Go see Fort Bliss, and let us know what you thought about the film by hitting the “contact us” button. While it is in a few theaters, the film is streaming online, via On Demand, and Digital formats. Check their website for more info.
- Who were the main characters?
- What strength did the characters have?
- What vulnerabilities did they have?
- Did you relate to them?
- Why or Why Not?
- Did the film remind you of something that happened to you or a friend?
- How was your own, or your friend’s circumstances worked through?
- Did you feel the film captured the problem that female soldiers with families face?
- Did you feel the depiction was clear, and fair?
A decorated Army medic and single mother (Michelle Monaghan) returns home from an extended tour in Afghanistan to discover that the bond with her five-year-old son has been shattered. In her absence, the boy has attached to his father (Ron Livingston) and his new girlfriend (Emmanuelle Chriqui). As she struggles to reclaim her son’s affection and reintegrate into civilian life, she meets a mechanic (Manolo Cardona) with whom she becomes romantically involved. Just as her life begins to stabilize and the bond with her son shows signs of healing, she gets news of another deployment. She must now find a way to reconcile her duties as a mother and her obligations as a soldier.