Worthy but melodramatic, and marbled with cliches, "In Our Name" tracks the experience of a soldier trying to readjust to civilian life back in Blighty. Pic's most original idea is to make its main protagonist a femme combatant who's married to another grunt, but the script, by debutant helmer Brian Welsh, doesn't add anything novel to the growing genre of coming-home movies. Given the general lack of audience interest worldwide in films about contempo conflicts, pic will have a fight on its hands to travel beyond the U.K.

Worthy but melodramatic, and marbled with cliches, “In Our Name” tracks the experience of a soldier trying to readjust to civilian life back in Blighty. Pic’s most original idea is to make its main protagonist a femme combatant who’s married to another grunt, but the script, by debutant helmer Brian Welsh, doesn’t add anything novel to the growing genre of coming-home movies. Given the general lack of audience interest worldwide in films about contempo conflicts, pic will have a fight on its hands to travel beyond the U.K.

Suzy (a gutsy Joanne Froggatt) comes back from a tour of duty to a hero’s welcome from her family, but she’s wracked with guilt over the death of a child back in Iraq. Suzy struggles to reconnect with her young daughter, Cass (Chloe Jayne Wilkinson), while all her husband, Mark (Mel Raido), can think about is having sex again. Post-traumatic stress moves both Suzy and Mark to violent actions that them too much aud sympathy. Thesping is a bit hammy from the supporting players, while tech credits are in the mode of Ken Loach-style British realism, complete with handheld lensing.

In Our Name

U.K.

Production

An Artificial Eye Release of a Curzon Artificial Eye, National Film and Television School presentation, in association with BBC Film, of a Front Page Films, Escape Films, A10 Films production. (International sales: Curzon Artificial Eye, London.) Produced by Michelle Eastwood. Executive producers, Philip Knatchbull, Nik Powell, Daniel Chamier. Directed, written by Brian Welsh.

Crew

Camera (color, HD), Sam Care; editor, Hazel Baillie; music, Stuart Earl; production designer, Anna Lavelle; costume designer, Kate Eccles. Reviewed at London Film Festival (New British Cinema), Oct. 15, 2010. Running time: 92 MIN.

With

Joanne Froggatt, Mel Raido, Chloe Jayne Wilkinson, Andrew Knott, Janine Leigh, Drew Horsely, John Henshaw, Anna Maria Gascoigne.
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