Sunday, June 16, 2024

THE CRANES CALL (2024) Tribeca 2024

A look at Anya Neistat and Solomiia Stasiv as they investigate war crimes committed by Russian soldiers in real time in Ukraine. The pair wade into the war zone to build a case against the invaders, many of whom they had been tracking from other conflicts.

This is a good if weirdly bloodless look at how war crimes cases are put together. The pair, working for the Clooney Foundation, go about their work with zeal, interviewing victims, going to locations and most amazingly finding damning documents left behind by the Russians. 

The problem with the film is that it is rather matter of fact. We are mostly kept at a distance from anything disturbing. Having seen dozens of films on the conflict over the last two years this film is so lacking in a sense of war as to be an outlier. There is nothing wrong with it, except that it removes the sense of urgency that should be there.

Still the film is informative and a must see  if you want to know how war crimes are being investigated.

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