Set in 1943 Scotland during World War II, Janie is young housewife married to a man named Dongal, 15 years her senior. As part of a war rehabilitation program, Janie and Dongal welcome three Italian P.O.W.'s to work on their farm and Janie soon falls in love and enters into a doomed affair with one of the Italians named Luigi.
Whoever coined the phrase Its grim up north must have anticipated Michael Radfords 1983 debut feature. Three Italian prisoners of war are sent to an isolated Scottish community, to help with the farming, alienate the war-torn locals and secure the singular friendship of a cattlemans wife (Phyllis Logan, last seen in Secrets And Lies, won the BAFTA Most Outstanding Newcomer to Film and Evening Standard Best Actress awards for her role) chosen to house them. The mood is dominated by Bergmanesque pauses and pans across desolately pretty fields, with waning cellos on the soundtrack and rainfall at any moment, but its not so much grim as poignant, with Radfords observations and setting unswervingly on the button.
Gentle and affecting.