American war drama “The Yellow Birds,” which has been one of the hottest titles at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, examines post-traumatic stress disorder and its causes.
“A lot of these guys sign up to go to war because it’s something to do,” actor Jack Huston, who plays Sgt. Sterling in the film, tells TheWrap.
‘The Yellow Birds” also stars Tye Sheridan, Alden Ehrenreich, Toni Collette and Jennifer Aniston. Alexandre Moors (“Blue Caprice”) directed from a script by David Lowery (“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”), who adapted Iraq War veteran Kevin Powers’ 2012 book of the same name.
“The Yellow Birds” follows two young soldiers (Sheridan and Ehrenreich) who enlist in the Army and are sent off to fight in the Gulf War, where they form an unbreakable bond and vow to keep each other safe. When the unspeakable happens, one soldier struggles to keep the balance between the truth that he vowed not to speak, and the peace that a mourning mother seeks.
Huston plays Sgt. Sterling, an older officer who takes the two young men under his wing, and Aniston plays a devoted mother to one of the young men. Collette will play the mother of another soldier who returns from war with a secret that has forever changed him.