The Wars (1983)

Genres - Drama, War  |   Sub-Genres - Anti-War Film, Family Drama, Period Film, War Drama  |   Run Time - 120 min.  |   Countries - Canada  |  
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Set in the years before World War I, this film is about Robert, a young man growing up in a wealthy family in Toronto who is burdened by a distant, cool mother and a father dedicated to duty, both highly conservative people. When Robert loses his beloved invalid sister in a car accident he is further tormented by the family's decision to kill her pet rabbits - and quarrels with them so intensely that he enlists in the army and goes off to war. Once "over there," he discovers brothels and romance, and in a climactic scene, decides to free a barn full of horses from certain death - in spite of contrary orders from his superiors. The juxtaposition of Robert's internal conflict and the external horrors of combat may have been intended to illustrate the nature of "war," although that is difficult to surmise since the evidence in the film is not that strong.



parent/child-relationship, death-in-family, enlistment, family-tragedy, war, world-war