Beyond Borders

Beyond Borders

DVD - 2003
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While attending a fundraising gala, Sarah witnesses a fiery plea delivered by an intruder - a renegade humanitarian, Dr. Nick Callahan. His pleas made on behalf of impoverished African children turns Sarah's life upside down. Sarah impulsively abandons her pampered life to work along his side. Her work takes her to volatile areas, where few have travelled to and even fewer have survived. She discovers harsh realities and encounters and ignites in her a passion for saving lives.
Publisher: Hollywood, CA : Paramount, 2003
ISBN: 9780792189060
079218906X
Branch Call Number: BEY
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (126 min.) : sd., col., 4 3/4 in

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richmole
Jan 26, 2018

Quite a topical movie that avoids pat answers! The plot's straight-forward but the conflicts aren't so tidy. Like life. So, if you appreciate a somewhat ambiguous take on some of the world's 21st century ways, then you'll like this.

My perception of Without Borders is somewhat surprising, in that the film headlines Angelina Jolie, who appears in real life to be much more definite about where she stands on some of these issues. Good for her for taking on this role!

She's a rich socialite who gravitates to some of the poorest people in God-forsaken corners of the world, beset by (in no particular order) drought, famine, disease and war, and leaves hubby and little son behind to do it.

Good work by Clive Owen as the Doctor who recognized long ago that in order to work in these environments, he's got to hammer down his own emotions. Then SHE arrives with an emotional pry-bar.

Many--perhaps wanting one or the other of these people to represent clear "sides" of the issue--have disparaged this movie. I liked the film for these "faults." On the technical side, some ambitious location shooting, too...from North Africa to Asia to the Baltics in the grip of winter.

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PatrickT
Dec 23, 2009

Better than I was expecting. It is a good story and the movie flows very well.

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joseph
Sep 12, 2008

Must See - John 15:13 “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends.” It is what I kept thinking about as I watched this highly educational and heart-wrenching film about relief workers in areas suffering from starvation, disease, and civil war. The film with Angelina Jolie and Clive Owen begins in a reception hall filled with the wealthy enjoying plenty of food and drink. Jolie plays Sarah, a woman sheltered from the brutalities of extreme poverty who is introduced to a child carried in by the intruding Nick Callahan, a relief worker, whose funds for famine relief in a part of Africa have been suddenly severed. The child showed definite signs of starvation. Everyone in the room looked at the child with compassion but only one drew tears – Sarah. I wondered how many more felt that they needed to do something but chose to ignore the tragedy that was happening at this very minute. Sarah chose to do something about it and traveled to a refugee camp in Africa where she nurses another child who was about to die of starvation. This is a movie that demonstrates the hardships, sacrifice, love and compassion that the men and woman of the relief efforts volunteer for. The film is powerful and elicits strong emotional responses for the desire to help people that could use our help. There is one scene in particular that will sit in my consciousness for a long time – a one year old child sitting with tears of sadness rolling down his face as a crowd rushes in to stop and beat the soldiers from killing the relief workers.

Note to OPL – it’s a shame that this DVD was purchased in pan & scan instead of widescreen (2:35 to 1 aspect ratio). There are some scenes that begged a widescreen shot especially the child crying at the violence around him.

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