A Farm Boy-turned-Soldier Experiences the Horrors of WWI in THE RIFLEMAN, Latvia’s Official Oscar Entry, Arriving on DVD/Digital

Disclaimer; I received this dvd for free, in exchange for my review, I have not been compensated in any other way.

THE RIFLEMAN, from director Dzintars Dreibergs, pays stark witness to the horrors and brutality of the First World War, as seen through the eyes of an innocent 17-year-old farm-boy turned soldier. Though he is underage, and his dad, a former marksman, is overage for the army, they are both conscripted into one of Latvia’s first national battalions. The thrill of training is soon followed by reality, as shells burst around them in the endless mud. He grows up on the battlefield, fighting at the side of his father and brother, their lives are constantly in jeopardy. 

Adapted from the book by Aleksandrs Grins, which was banned in the U.S.S.R., the story was based on Grins’ own war experiences in a Latvian battalion. Visit Youtube to watch the trailer from The Rifleman

In my opinion THE RIFLEMAN is “one of the best war films of the last few years”. In gruesome detail, we see the horrors, anxieties, and consequences of war…Some sequences elicit genuine fear and heart racing tension. It is easily one of the most thoroughly invigorating presentations of WWI on film.

PROGRAM INFORMATION Type: DVD/Digital (iTunes, Amazon, Vudu, Google Play) Genre: World Cinema/Drama Running Time: 104 minutes Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 Widescreen Audio: 5.1 Surround/2.0 Stereo Language: English Dubbed Audio Track 

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