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reign-over-me1The story of one man dealing with a profound loss is what Mike Binder’s Reign Over Me is all about. Shrinks would tag the protagonist as an extreme case of post-traumatic stress disorder, given this man’s seeming inability to come to terms with his wife and three daughters’ death on 9/11, but his friend thinks the issue is more than a clinical concern. Together with a young therapist, this friend — facing domestic and professional problems of his own — would devise ways to get his old college buddy on track. Or at least he would attempt to. Wistful, almost always reflective, “Reign Over Me” never indulges in too much sentimentality. Instead it plunges into the chaotic, messed-up, and brutal aftermath of losing everything that matters, and looking, if a bit desperately, for closure.

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