by Laura Hutson
The title of this 2011 documentary might sound like a punchline, but Beer Is Cheaper Than Therapy is far from comedy. In it, director Simone de Vries follows soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas, as they try to cope with their postwar blues in increasingly alarming ways, from booze and tattoos to complete breakdowns and alienation from their own families. The soldiers at Fort Hood have committed suicide at an alarming rate — the doc cites the number of confirmed suicides at the base as 19.
The 78-minute documentary was well-received when it first screened at Austin’s Alamo Drafthouse cinema; see it on the Sarratt screen for free tonight as one of the first of this season’s free International Lens screenings.
Watch the trailer after the jump.