Film Scouts and Newsweek at Sundance 1999

"The War Zone"

by Andréa C. Basora

And the winner of the award for the festival's most disturbing dysfunctional family drama goes to... Tim Roth's unrelentingly grim tale of incest, "The War Zone." Roth's first directorial venture deals with its explosive subject matter with a rare honesty. Ray Winstone, who also starred in Gary Oldman's first film, "Nil By Mouth," is chillingly convincing as a father who loves his family in all the wrong ways. Two teenage non-actors turn in a magnificent performance as his deeply troubled children. Strikingly filmed in the green and grey shades of southern England, the film's horrifying explicitness makes it difficult to watch, but contains a valuable lesson about where the true monsters in our society lurk.

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