The no name nation

I haven’t seen Beasts of No Nation, so I’ll reserve judgement until I have. But here’s something that will niggle. Why is the setting not named?

Fictional countries are possibly even worse. So that’s a step forward. But here’s the rub… 

What we see is awful, but the vagueness of the setting blunts the film’s political and moral impact. (It’s also strange that the war-ravaged nation remains unnamed. Imagine a fiercely realistic film about genocidal violence in the 1940s set in a place identified only as “Europe.”)

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