Directed by Bruno Dumont • France • 2006
Starring Adélaïde Leroux, Samuel Boidin
André Demester leaves his farm in northern France to become a soldier in a far-off land. On his last night of freedom he witnesses Barbe, his childhood friend and secret love, sleeping with another man. A twist of fate puts the two men side by side in combat, where the undeclared personal war between them merges tragically with the one they have been sent to fight. Left behind, Barbe, alone and wasting away, faces misfortunes of her own while awaiting the soldiers’ return.