Directed by Thalia Matika
Composer Tassos Sotirakis
Designer Ilenia Douladiri
Photographer Thomas Daskalogiannis
Duration: 60 min, without intermission
Joe Bonham (Bottoms), a young American soldier hit by an artillery shell during World War I, lies in a hospital bed. He is a quadruple amputee who has also lost his eyes, ears, mouth and nose. He remains conscious and able to reason, but his wounds render him a prisoner in his own body. As he drifts between reality and fantasy, he remembers his old life with his family and girlfriend (Kathy Fields).
Eventually, Joe tries to communicate to his doctors, via Morse code by tapping his head, saying "help." He wishes for the US Army to put him in a glass coffin in a freak show as a demonstration of the horrors of war. When told that his wish may be impossible to grant, he responds begging to be euthanized, repeatedly saying "kill me." He ultimately realizes that the Army can grant neither wish, and will leave him in a state of living death. Joe realizes that he will never be released from his state of entrapment and he is left alone, weakly chanting,
In 1918, twenty-year-old Joe Bonham got his gun and went to war. An exploding shell in World War I reduced him to a silent life. Far from home, in a hospital bed in Europe, Joe Bonham is without a voice but ready for battle, ready to explode with rage at what the war left behind.
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