First-Friday Film at Peace Center of Delaware County, 1001 Old Sproul Rd., Springfield, PA
In the Valley of Elah stars Oscar winners Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron, and Susan Sarandon in a film that Time critic Richard Schickel called “a spare, taciturn, devastating account of what happens to the souls of soldiers forced to fight wars for which not even phony or temporary justifications are offered them.”
The film’s title refers to the biblical valley where the battle between David and Goliath took place. Based on the accounts of a true murder case, the film is about a military father’s search for his son and, after finding his scorched and dismembered body, the hunt for his son’s killers.
In the Valley of Elah raises themes including the reality of war in Iraq, abuse of prisoners, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following situations of extreme violence, and how we face, as a nation, the reality of war and responsibility for war crimes.
(In the Valley of Elah, 2007. Mystery/Drama. 121 minutes. Rated R for violent and disturbing content, language, and some sexuality/nudity. Written and directed by Paul Haggis.)
Co-sponsored by the Brandywine Peace Community. For directions to the Peace Center of Delaware County and more information, visit www.delcopeacecenter.org or call 610-544-1818. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for light refreshments.