A Soldier's Tale (1988)





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Gabriel Byrne and Marianne Basler star in this drama about the relationship between a British sergeant and a French woman during WW II. Once a Resistance member, the woman had an affair with a German officer and is a target for the group's execution. Coming to her rescue, the sergeant protects her, and they engage in an odd affair. Before long, however, he must choose between her and his military duties.
Drama , Romance
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Paul Wyett
as Charlie
Judge Reinhold
as The Yank
Benoit Regent
as Father Superior
Maurice Garrel
as Pradier
Claudine Berg
as Older Woman
Claude Mann
as Winterhalter
Nicolas Tronc
as Baltzar
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A stark, haunting, lingering story of a young widow (Marianne Basler) caught in the merciless, gendered realities of WW II rural France. An exceptionally gallant, truly human British soldier (Gabriel Byrne) comes to love the widow. This is a war story that views troops through the all-too-honest consequence of guns, testosterone and basest forms of exploitation on women and girls, not only in World War II but today. If you can bear it, check this touching film.

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