Men Go to Battle | Chicago Reader

Men Go to Battle

This 2015 debut feature from writer-director Zachary Treitz is a Civil War drama gone mumblecore. In small-town Kentucky in autumn 1861, two dim-witted brothers (David Maloney, Timothy Morton) struggle to hold on to their family's estate in the face of diminishing labor and the coming winter. War exists on the periphery for them, in the form of overheard conversation or soldiers in the general store, but quickly comes to the fore when one brother impulsively joins the Union forces. As with other mumblecore projects, the plot is secondary to mood, naturalism, and the relationship between the two protagonists, but in this historical context that approach is more of a frustration than a virtue. With Rachel Korine.

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