The Stopover

At the end of their tour of duty in Afghanistan, two young military women, Aurore and Marine, are given three days of decompression leave with their unit at a five-star resort in Cyprus, among tourists. But it's not that easy to forget the war and leave the violence behind.


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  • ★★★★ review by One Room With A View on Letterboxd


    The Stopover’s compelling setup – a group of soldiers returning from a tour of Afghanistan staying in a five-star Cypriot hotel for “decompression” – makes for a scintillating investigation into memory, guilt, and what it means to be a woman in an aggressively masculine environment.

    The simmering tensions among the group are masterfully brought to a boil in perhaps one of the finest on-screen depictions of the latter since The Silence of the Lambs. Its two female leads bristle with self-defensive hostility towards the men, yet demonstrate a brittle but unbreakable bond of sisterhood between themselves – which they need to survive.

    From start to finish The Stopover delivers emotively acted scenes of inter-gender tension and barely-suppressed rage. The parallels it draws between war and workplace relationships are brazen and powerful.

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  • ★★★½ review by Peter Valerio on Letterboxd

    French soldiers stop in Cyprus before going home. Two women, in particular, navigate these days and process their experiences with varied success. The beauty of Cyprus is stark contrast to the emotional states of these soldiers.

  • ★★★★ review by Cameron Chapman on Letterboxd

    Beautiful and upsetting. This has been on my watchlist for a long, long time.

  • ★★★½ review by 0ona on Letterboxd

    I love Marine! She is like an angry young Ally Sheedy!

  • ★★★★ review by Dannzel Escobar on Letterboxd


    Can't believe how much this swept underneath the radar.

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