Ballad of a Soldier (1959) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • During World War II, 19 year old soldier Alyosha gets a medal as a reward for a heroic act at the front. Instead of this medal he asks for a few days leave to visit his mother and repair the roof of their home. On the train eastwards he meets Shura who is on her way to her aunt. In those few days traveling together they fall in love.

    - Written by Leon Wolters <wolters@strw.LeidenUniv.nl>
  • During World War II, the nineteen year-old Pvt. Alyosha Skvortsov destroys two German tanks in the front and the general gives a medal to him. However Alyosha asks for a leave to visit his mother instead of the medal and the general gives six days to him. During his journey home, Alyosha helps a cripple dashed veteran to meet his wife; embarks as clandestine in a train and falls in love with the stowaway Shura that is traveling in the same wagon to visit her aunt; meets the unfaithful wife of Pavlov, a soldier that is in the front and misses her, to give soap to her. When he arrives home, it is time to return to the front in a journey with no return.

    - Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Young Russian soldier Alyosha earns a medal, but asks to visit his mother instead. His journey recounts various kinds of love during wartime.

    - Written by Jonathan Hayward


Ballad of a Soldier is in Russian with English subtitles. The opening scenes are on the battlefield in WWII perhaps Kursk...

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