Author Anita Shreve's wartime romance comes to life on the big screen in this tale of passion and danger set against the backdrop of World War II and starring Bill Paxton and Julia Ormond, and Sandrine Bonnaire. American pilot Ted Brice (Paxton) has been gunned down over Nazi-ruled Belguim. Miraculously, Ted survives his violent crash to the earth and is quickly rescued by members of the resistance. Things soon become complicated, however, while during the course of his convalescence Ted begins to form a close romantic bond with the wife (Ormond) of resistance movement's leader. As war rages all around them and loyalties are put to the ultimate test, the two forbidden lovers gradually come to realize just how much they are risking by pursuing one another in such tumultuous times. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
If you watch the movie trailer that is available, they show all the best parts there and it will save you the torture of actually watching this movie. I knew it was going downhill as soon as I got a good look at the "romantic lead". I was not familiar with Bill Paxton and my first thought was "that guy look like he's in his 50's". I was close; he was 48 when this movie was made and far too old to have been a pilot in WW2. Those boys were in their 20's and considered old in their 30's.
A good portion of the film is subtitles and the pilot's knowledge of French came and went throughout the film. There was zero chemistry between the characters and one very strange love scene. By the time I started fast-forwarding, I couldn't care less if these people were captured and killed. It would have made the film shorter.
This movie held my attention & I liked the acting, subtitles & all. I found the story disturbing though; infidelity between US WWII pilot Bill Paxton & a Belgian resistance fighter's wife, in his own home, where he provided shelter, while he was out risking his life for the allied cause. (shootings, grotesque hangings, sex scenes without nudity & pressuring a child to lie about it)
Very disapointing it was all BS you had to read most of it because of the french if i wanted to read i would grab a book worst Bill Paxton movie ever it was nothing about what it led you to believe more of a love story then anything exciting could'nt even finish this crap shoot...Enjoy.