In this groundbreaking work of cinema, two overlapping narratives are brilliantly intercut—the life of a Marine at war on the front, and the life of the same Marine in recovery at home—creating both a dreamlike quality and a strikingly realistic depiction of how men experience war.
Shot by photojournalist-turned-filmmaker Danfung Dennis on a highly customized digital SLR camera, Hell And Back Again examines the long lasting effects of war by employing visually stunning images and masterfully crafted sound design.
The result is an uncommonly intimate portrait of both the extraordinary drama of war and the no less shocking experience of returning home, as a whole generation of Marines struggles to find an identity in a country that prefers to be indifferent.
“The images...are painterly and expressive, both exceptionally real in their photojournalistic quality and physically vivid as cinema.”—Variety
“Dennis' camera puts the audience in the front lines, behind the rocks and wasteland shrub, and digs into our minds the awful, gnawing fear that a bullet could take us out at any instant, from anywhere. Just like that.”—The Hollywood Reporter
Oscar™ Nominee—Academy of Arts and Sciences
Official Selection—SUNDANCE Film Festival
Official Selection-SHEFFIELD Film Festival
Official Selection-MOSCOW Film Festival