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An unexpected love story set in WW1 France between a young Australian baker who has deserted the front line, and a grieving French woman, who puts her own life at risk by sheltering him from the authorities.
Harry Lambert (Dan Spielman) is a shy and gentle baker, shamed by his rural Australian town into joining the AIF. He works baking bread behind the lines on the Western Front, amongst men who even the army brass can see are unfit for fighting.
When the bakers are thrown into the front line, Harry realises he cannot face death before he has known love and walks from the battlefield. In countryside swarming with gendarmes and military police on the look out for deserters, Harry barely avoids captures when Colombe Jacotot (Marie Bunel) takes pity on him.
Colombe is a silent farm-wife, bowed by hard work and tragedy. Within her bare cottage, Harry and Colombe discover a love that is as powerful as it is unexpected. Through Colombe Harry learns true courage. Through Harry Colombe discovers a beauty in life that she thought was gone.
Colombes grieving neighbour Isabelle (Julia Zemiro), and Foster (Bryan Brown), the advocate at Harrys court martial, underestimate the transformation wrought when two people find passion, in all its joy and hurt, when they thought love had passed them by.
Almost 1000, British, French and Commonwealth troops were executed for desertion or cowardice during WW1, some as young as 14.
It's World War One, and while the horrors of war ravage Europe, Harry Lambert (Dan Spielman) is a shy and gentle baker, living and working in a rural Australian town. But with the armed forces desperate for more troops to send to the front line, and feeling the growing hostility and shame from within his own community, Harry signs up to do what he can. He joins the Service Corps as a baker and finds himself working behind the lines on the Western Front in France, amongst men who even the army brass can see are unfit for fighting. When the bakers are thrown into the front line, Harry is shocked, it's not what he signed up for he's no fighter. Watching his mates die around him, Harry can't bear the thought of dying before he has known love and walks from the battlefield. Wounded and wretched, Harry finds himself in an unfamiliar countryside that's swarming with gendarmes on the look-out for deserters. Harry barely avoids capture when a local, Colombe Jacotot(Marie Bunel), shelters him from the authorities. In doing so, she puts her own safety and freedom on the line. Colombe is a stoic farm-wife, bowed by hard work and tragedy. Her husband is missing and her only child, her son, is a casualty of the war. Working in the munitions factory and breeding geese on her farm, Colombe is just surviving, one day at a time. Harry's arrival changes everything. Within her bare cottage, Harry and Colombe discover a love that is as powerful as it is unexpected. Through Colombe, Harry learns true courage. Through Harry, Colombe discovers beauty in a life that she believed was barren. Risking prison or worse for their individual actions, will their unlikely love survive?. Cast
Marie Bunel... Colombe Jacotot
Dan Spielman... Harry Lambert
Julia Zemiro... Isabelle
Bryan Brown... Captain Foster
Daniel Boothey... Recruitment Officer
Mickey Camilleri... Harry's Mother
Dylan Caseris... Fugitive
Nicholas Peduzzi... Gendarme 1
Phillipe Tercier... Gendarme 2
Antoine Germain... Gendarme 3
Marius Rodari... Louis
Ben Young... Natty
Luke Ledger... Hunter
Craig Hyde-Smith... Mills
Nick Maclaine... Shell Shocked Soldier