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The Dry Land (2010)

The Dry Land

Overview


Genre

Drama

Release Date

July 30, 2010 (Limited)

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

92 min.

Studio

Freestyle Releasing

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  Be the 1st!

Cast and Crew


Director

Ryan Williams

Producer

Heather Rae

Screenwriter

Ryan Williams

Starring

Story


James (Ryan O'Nan) returns from Iraq to face a new battle-reintegrating into his small-town life in Texas. His wife (America Ferrera), his mother (Melissa Leo), and his friend (Jason Ritter) provide support, but they can't fully understand the pain and suffering he feels since his tour of duty ended.

Lonely, James reconnects with an army buddy (Wilmer Valderrama), who provides him with compassion and camaraderie during his battle to process his experiences in Iraq. But their reunion also exposes the different ways that war affects people-at least on the surface. This moving, taut story of redemption and reconstruction extends beyond a post-traumatic-stress-disorder narrative. O'Nan is heartbreaking as he explores the depths of his internal struggle; Ferrera fearlessly tackles her role of a young wife in turmoil.

"The Dry Land" is about one man's fight within his own terrain-his country, home, and mind-and his journey to rebuild what he's lost.

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America Ferrera stars as Sarah and Ryan O'Nan stars as James in Freestyle Releasing's The Dry Land (2010)
America Ferrera stars as Sarah and Ryan O'Nan stars as James in Freestyle Releasing's The Dry Land (2010)

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..a painfully earnest drama..”
by Nathan Rabin [A.V. Club]
“..a gut-wrenching look at the human cost of war..”
by V.A. Musetto [NY Post]
“..a worthy family melodrama for the Iraq War generation..”
by Steve Ramos [Boxoffice Magazine]