An Accidental Soldier

An Accidental Soldier

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Based on the novel, Silent Parts, by John Charalambous, An Accidental Soldier is about an Australian soldier who flees the carnage of the Western Front and finds refuge with a French woman in a remote farmhouse. Harry Lambert is a shy, thirty five year old Australian soldier, working as a baker behind the lines. He is a gentle man, a reluctant soldier, but a man like many who has been shamed by his local community into joining up. But when he is called into the front line Harry decides to run, finding refuge in a farmhouse owned by Colombe Jacotot, a Frenchwoman in her forties whose husband has abandoned her and whose son has recently been killed. Forced to work in an ammunitions factory, Colombe too is trenchant about the war. Through her Harry will learn true courage. Through him Colombe will learn beauty. Together they will discover a love so strong that each is willing to give their life for it. An accidental soldier is a tender, at times gripping love story between two people who find passion, in all its joy and hurt, at an age when they thought love has passed them by. It is a story of unexpected bravery of countless men and women who would not give up their lives for abstracts like glory, or country. Those who wanted to live for love and life.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (91 minutes) :,sound, colour ;,12 cm.
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Really enjoyable movie, if a tad predictable, and so lacking in true greatness. A variation on the eternal theme of a January-December romantic relationship, with the understated beauty (internal and external) of a French farmwoman "of a certain age," and a young (virginal) Australian baker, who is sent to the front lines, and runs for his life. He later, voluntarily, returns to his military unit, but it still condemned to death for desertion. Unlike the British, NZ (and Canadian?) militaries, the Aussie government refuses to execute their deserters. The story, as one hopes, has a happy ending, although the fate of Colombe's Alsatian husband is not clarified. Note that ALL the French characters who have a speaking role are native speakers of French, and their words are subtitled. This enhances the authenticity of the movie, we found. Marie Bunel is a superb actress. I look forward to seeing more of her. Dan Spielman looks uncannily like a young Kenneth Branagh.

Aug 27, 2017

Wonderful story taking place during WW1showing kindness, love and passion between two people caught up in a war they don't want. I very much enjoyed this movie.

Mar 31, 2016

In WWI, 3,300 Australian soldiers were court-martialled for desertion with 120 of those being sentenced to death. This is the story of one such soldier who finds refuge and love in the French countryside. Great plot & acting.

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