No Man's Land

TV review by
Marty Brown, Common Sense Media
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Muddled political thriller has weapons, combat, terrorism.

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Positive Messages

No Man's Land is centered around a Syrian conflict between ISIS and an elite group of female soldiers, and it highlights the feminist ideals that motivate that group.

Positive Role Models

Characters are loyal, resourceful, and skilled. Many of the soldiers are idealistic and fighting for something bigger than themselves.

Violence

No Man's Land is essentially a war drama, which features graphic combat and terrorist acts. Characters are kidnaped and tortured. Military-grade weaponry is often used for props and accessories.

Sex

No Man's Land features some bedroom scenes and vague talk about sex. No simulated sex is shown.

Language

Mild profanity includes "damn" and "s--t."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters are shown drinking alcohol and smoking. No drug use is shown.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that No Man's Land is a political thriller set in the Middle East. The series is centered around a group of female soldiers who are mounting a resistance to ISIS, and there's a heavy amount of violence and peril. Combat and acts of terrorism are shown, characters are kidnaped and tortured, and military-grade weapons are featured heavily, often as props and accessories for characters. Mild sexual content includes discussions about sex and some bedroom scenes (no  nudity or simulated sex is shown). Mild profanity includes "damn" and "s--t," and there's some drinking and smoking featured throughout the series. Like some other war-based dramatizations, No Man's Land might make combat and conflict seem alluring to some viewers. 

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What's the story?

NO MAN'S LAND begins when Antoine Habert (Félix Moati) thinks he sees a glimpse of his sister in some newsreel footage. His sister, Anna, is believed to have died in a suicide bombing, but Antoine starts to believe she may be part of the Women's Protection Unit (YPJ) and involved in a military conflict in Syria. Antoine's obsession with finding his sister leads him directly into the heart of the war.

Is it any good?

"There's no such thing as an anti-war film" is a famous quote by French filmmaker François Truffaut. The implication is that entertainment can't help but make war look like an adventure through the benefit of editing and cinematography. This definitely applies to No Man's Land, which seems to have the same lust for military weaponry that many of its characters do. The series wades directly into a complex Middle Eastern conflict without a sharp enough point-of-view to help viewers understand the context or empathize with the soldiers. There is certainly merit in telling the extraordinary tale of the Women's Protection Unit, but unfortunately it mostly gets lost in the dreary storytelling here.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about where No Man's Land takes place. What does the show tell us about the conflict in Syria and elsewhere? What are the characters' relationships to this conflict?

  • What do we know about Antoine's sister's death? Why does Antoine believe she is alive? How does this belief inform his actions throughout the show?

  • How does Antoine become involved in the Syrian conflict? How does this change his perspective over the course of the show? Do Antoine's actions change as a result of his new perspective?

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