Veteran actor Remy Auberjonois’ polished feature debut provides an impressive showcase for co-scenarist Kate Nowlin as a career Marine derailed by PTSD upon return to civilian life.
Auberjonois’ film brings it all back home, ably demonstrating the difficulties that returning soldiers often face in attempting to reintegrate with society... Nowlin’s performance is a marvel of inner turmoil and physical exertion.
5 stars. One of the best movies I’ve seen in a long time. ‘Blood Stripe’ is a towering achievement.
A strong performance by Kate Nowlin as a U.S. Marine returning from her latest tour of duty in Afghanistan fuels this study of post-traumatic stress disorder, though the strength of actor Remy Auberjonois’ tense and troubling directing debut lies in its rejection of easy diagnoses.
A timely film that shows that the horrors of war are no kinder to women than to men...it’s painful and important.
Defies the Hollywood odds by getting it right for female veterans.
Nowlin breathes life into an atypical female anti-hero, presenting a different kind of woman rarely seen on screen. Bringing both an intimidating physicality and a keen sense of fragility, her performance sells the film’s emotional authenticity and gives it a humane depth that draws us deep into her character’s haunted world. Simply put, her performance feels like lighting in a bottle.