Of Men and War

Directed by Laurent Bécue-Renard

Documentary | 2014 | 142 min

Produced by Alice Films & Louise Productions



Anger consumes a dozen combat vets long after their return from the front. The warriors in Of Men and War have come home to the United States, but their minds are stuck out on the battlefield. Like figures from a Greek tragedy, all have traumatic memories that haunt them to this day. Ghosts and echoes of the war fill their lives. Threats seem to spring out from everywhere. Wives, children, and parents bear the burden of their shattered spirits.

At the Pathway Home, a first-of-its-kind PTSD therapy center, the film's protagonists resolve themselves to end the ongoing destruction. Their therapist, a Vietnam War vet himself, helps the young men forge a meaning from their trauma. Over years of therapy, Of Men and War explores their exhausting paths to recovery, as they attempt to make peace with themselves, their past and their families.


A film written and directed by : Laurent Bécue-Renard

DOP :  Camille Cottagnoud     

Editing : Ididore Bethel, Sophie Brunet & Charlotte Boigeol

Music : Kudsi Erguner

Sound operator : Cyril Bécue

Sound editing : Sandie Bompar

Mix : Fanny Weinzaepflen

Director assistants : Marc Benda & Emmanuel Dayan

Production : Alice Films

Producer : Laurent Bécue-Renard

Associate producers : Thierry Garrel & Isidore Bethel

Production consultant : Anne Aghion

Coproduction : Louise Productions

Coproducers : Heinz Dill & Elisabeth Garbar

In coproduction with :

Radio Télévision Suisse

Unité documentaire, Irène Challand & Gaspard Lamunière

With the support of :

Office fédéral de la culture

Cinéforom et la Loterie Romande


Fondation GAN pour le cinéma

Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

Région Basse-Normandie

Maison de l'Image

Commission franco-américaine

Ciclic - Région Centre


Napa Valley Community Foundation

Brouillon d'un rêve de la Scam

Shot in : Pathway Home (Yountville, California) and various US locations


Prize and selections

Prize Best feature documentary, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam 2014