The first Western feature to pick over the bones of the Bosnian conflict, this applies the trusty 'foreign correspondent finds his conscience' ploy to some effect. Dillane is Michael Henderson - based on ITN reporter Michael Nicholson - a hardened pro who none the less becomes obsessed with the plight of a Sarajevo orphanage during the 1992 siege, and promises refuge to one young girl. A crisp, rigorously unsentimental director, Winterbottom was a good choice for this project. Mixing film, video and a good deal of news footage, he captures a powerful sense of the jogging, jagged rhythms of life and death under siege, takes an unapologetically polemical line against Europe's hands-off policy, and consequently earns the emotional dividends.
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