Saints and Soldiers
Saints and Soldiers is not just the best LDS film of the past year, but
the best LDS film of any year. It is so superior on almost every level,
especially in its technical aspects, that it puts some of the more hastily
assembled films to shame.
Directed by Ryan Little and written by Geoffrey Panos and Matt Whitaker,
Saints and Soldiers follows a small band of American and British G.I.s as
they sneak through enemy lines following the Malmedy massacre of December
1944. The film powerfully evokes a wintry atmosphere and a sense of
foreboding and danger, while drawing characters who earn our sympathy and respect.
It also explores the inherent conflict between religion and war, the idea
that one must sometimes give up one's personal responsibility in order to
fight for something bigger, even if it means doing things one is normally
And yet, despite the film's intense atmosphere, and though distinctly
"light" moments are few, it nonetheless is not oppressive or dreary. It is
dramatic, in the most complimentary sense of that word. It engages the
emotions and the senses subtly and expertly, and the Association for Mormon
Letters is pleased to honor it.