Whether a person falls in battle or dies of natural cause, informing their loved ones is never an easy task. Moverman's characters are carefully fleshed out and earnestly portrayed, every scene seems to enhance their individuality.
It felt like there were some obvious issues with the protagonists actions toward the lady though, and that they should have been addressed. It's unclear to me why they were ignored.
But The Messenger is nevertheless an interesting, often powerful and moving, soldier drama with some amazing performances which is enhanced by some decent handheld camerawork. The camera more or less works as a passive observer in the most emotional parts, and "stays in the background" so that the focus stays on the performances of the actors.
An interesting story, some very strong performances, and a somewhat weak, melodramatic and romantic sub-plot pretty much sums up my thoughts about The Messenger. A recommendable effort by first-time director Oren Moverman.