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  • Post last modified:December 2, 2021

Bellum: The Daemon of War 

A documentary that tries to understand what drives warfare in our time, by following three people with unique perspectives – Fredrik Bruhn, a Swedish engineer who’s developing new technologies for the defense industry (hobnobbing with Colin Powell, among others); Bill Lyon, an American soldier who’s back from a tour in Afghanistan and finding life at home boring; and Paula Bronstein, a photojournalist capturing the damage done to civilians in war zones. Interesting at times, but frustratingly empty, failing to make its perspectives gel in a way that feels enlightening. Best part is the portrait of Lyon, a troubled man who misses the battlefield.

2021-Denmark-Sweden. 88 min. Color. Widescreen. Written and directed by Georg Götmark, David Herdies. Narrated by Johannes Anyuru.

Trivia: Swedish author Anyuru wrote the film’s poetic narration together with Mercies May. Dedicated to the memory of Lyon who died earlier in 2021.



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