Filmed over 10 years, Father Soldier Son is a profound and deeply personal exploration of the meaning of sacrifice, purpose, duty and American manhood in the aftermath of war.
What comes after the fanfare and the life-changing event? Beginning as a year-long project on a US battalion, reporters-turned-filmmakers Catrin Einhorn and Leslye Davis kept filming after wounded soldier Brian Eisch returned home to his two young sons. For almost a decade, Einhorn and Davis remained with the Eisch family, observing with great intimacy the messy, turbulent, hard graft of real life.
There’s chronic pain and rehabilitation, there’s new love and marriage; in between the small triumphs and the unexpected tragedies, there’s also the perfectly captured rhythms of family life – breakfasts, school runs and video games. Over time, we see the long-term effects of military service on a family, and the legacy of the unspoken values we pass on to our kids.
A profound exploration of American manhood and the intergenerational effects of trauma, Father Soldier Son is a resonant portrait of a family growing up.