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In the Valley of Elah

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Original title
In the Valley of Elah
Running time
120 min.
United States United States
Paul Haggis. Story: Paul Haggis, Mark Boal
Mark Isham
Roger Deakins
Warner Independent Pictures, Summit Entertainment
Drama. Mystery | Iraq War. Army
”In the Valley of Elah” tells the story of a war veteran Hank Deerfield (Tommy Lee Jones), his wife Joan (Susan Sarandon) and the search for their son Mike, a soldier who recently returned from Iraq but has mysteriously gone missing, and the police detective (Charlize Theron) who helps in the investigation.

On his first weekend back after serving in Iraq, Mike Deerfield goes missing and is reported AWOL. When Hank Deerfield, a former military MP and his wife Joan get the phone call with the disturbing news, Hank sets out to search for their son. Emily Sanders, a New Mexico police detective in the jurisdiction where Mike was last seen, reluctantly helps him in his search. As the evidence grows, her missing person’s case begins to look more and more like foul play, and soon Sanders finds herself in a fight with the military brass as she and Hank struggle to keep control of the investigation. But when the truth about Mike’s time in Iraq finally begins to emerge, Hank’s entire world is challenged and he’s forced to reevaluate longheld beliefs to solve the mystery behind his son’s disappearance.

US release date: in Theatres September 14th, 2007.
2007: Nominated for Oscar: Best Actor (Tommy Lee Jones)
2007: Venice Film Festival: SIGNIS Award. Nominated for Golden Lion (Best Film)
2007: Boston Society of Film Critics Awards: Nominated for Best Cinematography
2007: David di Donatello Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Film
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