A Private War

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Certificate: 15
Length: 110 mins
Director: Matthew Heineman
Cast: Rosamund Pike, Tom Hollander, Jamie Dornan

Marie Colvin (played here with impressive conviction by Rosamund Pike) was a tireless correspondent, travelling to some of the most dangerous conflicts in the world – from Sri Lanka to Syria to Iraq – risking her life to reveal the truth about unjust regimes and humanitarian crimes. The trauma of her experiences alienates her from her personal relationships, including Jamie Dornan’s war photographer and Stanley Tucci’s would-be partner.

The first feature from documentary director Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land), A Private War avoids biopic cliches and instead asks troubling deeper questions about Colvin’s motivations. Told with the genuine savagery and chaos of modern warfare, it is a testament to the pursuit of the truth at all costs.

“Heineman’s film is, in many ways, the movie so many people say they want: a portrait of a deeply complex, flawed, but brilliant and forceful woman.” – Vulture

“A sometimes clunkily executed true-life story which at least has potency in its blend of subject matter and lead actor. Despite often being hard to watch, this is Rosamund Pike’s best work yet.” ★★★ – Empire Online