The story about events during the First World War. The wife of an officer of the Austrian army decides to surprise her husband and to visit him in his unit at Christmas time. She is ...
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The story about events during the First World War. The wife of an officer of the Austrian army decides to surprise her husband and to visit him in his unit at Christmas time. She is disappointed to find only a cruel soldier. Fate makes her be present at the time when he is suffering from pain and slowly dying. She asks a therapeutic, a prisoner in a near-by camp, to rid her husband of his pain.Written by
Official submission of Slovakia the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 67th Academy Awards in 1995. See more »
I saw this brilliant film in 1999, on the RomaniA film made in 1994, in the Eastern Europe's directors tradition.
Formally, a love story in a vaguely World War 1, between two lovers cached on different barricades, this film would be an old cream pie.
Instead of it, Miloslav Luther (wich in my opinion with this movie it's in the great film directors' gallery) tells one of the fundamental themes in art of all times: the individual crashed by the history.
The tension grows progressively, gently manipulating the audience, with a great musical featuring , on an Antonin Dvorak's chamber work.
"Anjel Milosrdenstvi" is the first film made in Czecho-Slovakian co-production, after the separating of this two countries.
I give 9 for this film, not 10, because you can yet detect a subtle smell of syrup to manipulate you: "How sad! Let's cry, boys & girls!" etc, similarly with what's in Jerzy Hofmann's bright film, "Znachor".
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