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 0ona on Letterboxd

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

  • ★★★★ review by phernst on Letterboxd

    Very profound and sensible storytelling.

  • ★★★★ review by Heather_Grrrl on Letterboxd

    A bit too long but the actresses were good.

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