Casualty of war fuels thriller

On Monday, the Vernon Film Society will be showing new release Oliver Sherman, an emotionally charged thriller about a damaged war veteran struggling to dispel demons beyond the battlefield.

Feeling lost and disconnected, with no family of his own, veteran Sherman Oliver (Garret Dillahunt) sets out to the countryside in search of the soldier who saved him back in the war. The Canadian film screens at the Vernon Town Cinema Monday.

Feeling lost and disconnected, with no family of his own, veteran Sherman Oliver (Garret Dillahunt) sets out to the countryside in search of the soldier who saved him back in the war. The Canadian film screens at the Vernon Town Cinema Monday.

On Monday, the Vernon Film Society will be showing new release Oliver Sherman, an emotionally charged thriller about a damaged war veteran struggling to dispel demons beyond the battlefield.

Based on the short story Veterans by Rachel Ingalls, the film is a first feature by Canadian writer-director Ryan Redford, which premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.

In a special event, Redford will be in attendance at Monday’s two screenings at the Vernon Town Cinema, and will be available for questions after each showing of his film.

The film stars Garret Dillahunt (The Road, Winter’s Bone) as Sherman Oliver, a man completely isolated from the outside world.

Feeling lost and disconnected, the veteran sets out to the countryside in search of Franklin Page (Donal Logue), the soldier who saved his life back in the war. The two men’s lives could not have unfolded more differently.

Franklin has long since moved on from the horrors the two men survived in the war.

He has a wife (Molly Parker), two children, and a steady job in a safe and quiet rural town. Sherman has no family, no work, he’s lonely, and several years after leaving the forces, he’s still at loose ends.

Upon arriving at the Franklin household, Sherman seems at first a harmless, if awkward, shell of a man. Though he is clearly not “right in the head,” Franklin feels bound by compassion and duty to try to help his fellow vet.

But as Sherman inserts himself further into the Pages’ life, he reveals himself to be an angry, unstable individual prone to great jealousy and deep resentment.

The stability Franklin worked so hard to establish is soon threatened, and the violence he believed he’d left behind in the war begins to re-emerge and cloud over both the household and the local community itself, proving once more that the hardest battles for veterans are sometimes fought far from the battlefield, both in distance and time.

“This is independent filmmaking that punches way above its weight, and it earns every ounce of its very considerable suspense,” said Andrew Long of twitchfilm.net

Oliver Sherman screens at the Vernon Town Cinema Monday at 5:15 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Tickets are $7 and are available at the theatre and the Bean Scene one week prior to the film.

Theatre doors open at 4:15 p.m.

Also, mark your calendars for the Vernon International Film Festival, March 11 to 17. Programs are now available at the Vernon library, the Bean Scene, the Vernon Public Art Gallery, and the Town Cinema.

Patrons can also check the society website at: www.vernonfilmsociety.bc.ca for more information.

Vernon Morning Star