Written and Directed by: Aaron Kim Johnston
Also Stars: Christianne Hirt as Lill, Wanda Cannon as Betsy, Scott
Kraft as Zeek, Peter Outerbridge as Johnny
Awards: Manitoba Film and TV award for best actor
This movie features Russell Crowe as an Australian pilot
in WWII, who arrives in the Canadian countryside with countless other
pilots from around the world to receive training as a fighter pilot.
The movie begins when Lachlan (Crowe) arrives in Canada along with
and fellow pilot, who hails from the area. The friend introduces Lachlan
to his girlfriend and her sister, Lill (Christianne Hirt). Lachlan
is instantly attracted to Lill, however she is married and her husband
is off to war.
Throughout the movie, Lachlan and Lill fight their growing
attraction, to no avail. This is not a spoiler, as the viewer is immediately
aware that Lachlan and Lill will ultimately become involved. The beauty
of the story is in the poignant circumstances that surround and compel
the players to do what they do, and the realization that what happens
in this movie could happen to anyone.
Russell delivers a sound and believable performance as a wartime pilot
who, while living for the moment, is also sensitive to his lover's
situation. Russell exhibits a confidence in this performance that
was not present in Proof or The Crossing. While this was not the first
time I'd seen Russell in a leading role (as in his later films), it
is the first movie (chronologically) in which I've seen him in a leading
The movie's ending may not be what the viewer hopes
for, but it is a realistic conclusion to the story.
The movie was filmed in the Canadian countryside and depicts a peaceful
and beautiful prelude to the impending experience of war. Beautifully
shot and set to appropriate classical music, it is worth viewing and
Rated: three crowes
Thanks to the Crowe
Slide Show site for the screen captures!