Tribeca Film Festival

The Tribeca Film Festival includes nearly a hundred features. Richard Brody on “Men Go to Battle,” one film that stands high above the others:

[Zachary] Treitz captures rugged country life at a muscular level. The actors’ terse wit, chewy accents, and impulsive gestures suggest great physical force as well as equally great cultural constraints, ambient violence and a fear of God. The production designer, Jacob Heustis, is the film’s virtual co-author; the clothing and the furnishings have the aura of simple authenticity, which is reinforced by the cinematographer Brett Jutkiewicz’s agile impressionism, illuminated by streaky sunlight, flickering bonfires, and dim lanterns.

Illustration by Victor Melamed