Monday, November 23, 2009

Ignore the Film Title and See the Movie THE MESSENGER

The new film THE MESSENGER would be much better served with the title NEXT OF KIN. While THE MESSENGER could refer to any number of movies -- and is an unmemorable title -- NEXT OF KIN is powerful, memorable and pinpoints the emotional rollercoaster of this compelling film.

This film does NOT bash the military or the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. Instead it provides a window into the lives of military personnel and their families who are forever changed by death.

As those of you who are regular readers of this blog know, I've written a great deal about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Nancy Brown and I interviewed numerous people on this subject for our BlogTalkRadio show And my new site offers a free report on recognizing the signs of PTSD.

In fact, in the scenes when the two protagonists of THE MESSENGER deliver the death notification to next of kin, it is vividly demonstrated how that moment in time can give PTSD to someone who has never seen combat.

I recommend that everyone see this movie in order to understand the sacrifices that our military men and women and their families are making for our freedom.

Then show your gratitude to our military personnel and their families. Many of the posts on this blog describe organizations that are supporting our troops and need your help to do so.

And after you see this movie, come back to this post and leave a comment about the film.

For now, visit the film site now for more information at

Phyllis Zimbler Miller is the author of the novel MRS. LIEUTENANT and the co-author of the Jewish holiday book SEASONS FOR CELEBRATION. Her newest project is

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