"The War," a film by director Jon Avnet, paints a beautiful picture of family life in rural Mississipi, shortly after the Vietnam war. Steven Simmons (Kevin Kostner) has returned from Vietnam and is suffering from post-traumatic stress. He cannot find work, his family has been evicted and their house destroyed. His children, Stu (Elijah Wood) and Lidia (Lexi Randall) have problems of their own. Seen through the eyes of 12-year-old Lidia, the film centres round a tree-house that the children build, a possession of theirs that they will defend against local children - at all costs. "This is our house," says Lidia. "Maybe the only one we are ever going to have. Don't you think we should fight for it?" Meanwhile their father tries to teach them the importance of learning how NOT to fight - before it is too late. Drawing a parallel between a childhood battle and Vietnam, "The War" is a film about learning to create, not destroy, and how to believe that love conquers all. Beautifully shot, and superbly acted, "The War" tells us that human beings can do anything they want to - if they just believe they can.