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Rural New Zealand, winter 1946. An isolated young wife awaits the return of her husband from World War II. Her fears about his demise come to vivid life in her imagination, but his sudden return only brings new fears.


Marc Laureano


Marc Laureano
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Cast overview:
Sara Wiseman ... Beth
Craig Hall ... Jonathan
Hester Joyce Hester Joyce ... Maisy
Kosaku Ishikiriyama Kosaku Ishikiriyama ... Japanese Soldier


1946. It is winter in New Zealand, a country recovering from the Second World War. As the harsh winter wind growls outside, Beth entertains Maisy in the modest farmhouse she owns with her absent husband Jonathan. Several months on from VJ Day most New Zealand soldiers have returned home from the Pacific Theatre; but not Jonathan. Despite Maisy's best attempts to raise Beth's spirits, Beth's fears are not easily allayed. After Maisy departs, Beth experiences one of her frequent and menacing visions of Jonathan at the hands of the "enemy": a Japanese soldier evoked by wartime propaganda and a near constant presence in Beth's mind since the War began. As time passes, Beth barely manages to survive the repeated visions that plague her mind on a daily basis. Shaken to the point of despair, Beth immerses herself in the reassuring routine of daily chores, seeking solace in the simple acts of chopping firewood or taking tea. However, after one especially horrifying vision, which plunges Beth ... Written by Chris Payne

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28 July 2006 (New Zealand) See more »

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29 July 2013 | by ayuppe003See all my reviews

This is the story about a war. A woman waits for her husband. He goes to battlefield. She really worries about her husband. She has nightmare again and again. The nightmares are about husband's fighting. Her husband is killed again and again in her dream. One day, her husband comes back to her. She feels easy. However, she look an ear. That is enemy's one. She was surprised. She think he is not former him.

This story is too difficult for me. However I really think about this movie. Why is she does not want to touch by her husband? It is difficult program. They love each other and she waits for him for a long time and meet him? The war is so sad. The war is makes him that he is not former him. The woman may be sick of mental.

Please watch this movie, and think about this movie and war.

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