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  • Summary: In the space between war and a new battle, Not Yet Begun To Fight unfolds, offering an intimate look at the human cost of combat. Retired Marine Colonel Eric Hastings reaches out to five men, a new generation returning from the battlefield. He brings them to the river. He puts a fly rod into their hand, teaches them to cast, and shares his secret: there are places where you can still be consumed by a simple act, find joy in a fight, and be redeemed as you gently release another creature, unharmed, into quiet waters. Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Daphne Howland
    Oct 22, 2013
    It stuns, and what's missing doesn't compare to what it shares.
  2. Reviewed by: Omer M. Mozaffar
    Oct 22, 2013
    Running only an hour, this documentary is as emotionally heavy as almost anything twice as long.
  3. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Oct 31, 2013
    [A] small-scale but deeply moving documentary.
  4. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Oct 24, 2013
    With their sensitive feature clocking in at an hour, the filmmakers make you wish only that they had developed their material further.
  5. Reviewed by: Martin Tsai
    Oct 31, 2013
    Not Yet Begun to Fight is barely an hour long, but it justifies a theatrical release with a lyrical meditation on nature and war.