The Long Take

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - LITERALLY SPEAKING - BY ROBIN ROBERT­SON

Walker is a D-day vet­eran with post-trau­matic stress dis­or­der; he can't re­turn home to ru­ral Nova Sco­tia, and looks in­stead to the city for free­dom, anonymity and re­pair. As he moves from New York to Los Angeles and San Fran­cisco we wit­ness a cru­cial pe­riod of frac­ture in Amer­i­can his­tory, one that also al­lowed film noir to flour­ish. The Dream had gone sour but - as those dark, clas­sic movies made clear - the coun­try needed out­siders to study and drama­tise its new anx­i­eties. While Walker tries to piece his life to­gether, Amer­ica is be­gin­ning to come apart: deeply para­noid, doubt­ing its own cer­tain­ties, riven by so­cial and racial di­vi­sion, spi­ralling cor­rup­tion and the col­lapse of the in­ner cities. The Long Take is about a good man, bru­talised by war, haunted by vi­o­lence and ap­par­ently doomed to re­turn to it - yet re­solved to find kind­ness again, in the world and in him­self.

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