This is the trailer for The Messenger, which played at Sundance earlier this year and will get a theatrical release starting November 13th. From first-time director Oren Moverman, who previously wrote the Bob Dylan-themed, I-love-the-smell-of-my-own-farts film I’m Not There, it stars Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster as two soldiers whose job it is to notify dead soldiers’ next of kin. Harrelson plays Foster’s friend and mentor, a lá Jeremy Renner and Anthony Mackie in The Hurt Locker. I’m picturing grief, loss, crying, sobbing, slapping — basically two hours of flapjacks and bubblegum and kittens in sunbeams. Though if your death messenger really was Woody Harrelson, I think it’d probably go down like this:
WOODY: Are you Elaine Jourgenson McJenkins?
WOODY: I’m afraid your son Tobias Footballstar has been killed in combat. I’m so sorry.
WOMAN: (*bursts into tears*)
WOODY: So… You wanna smoke weed?