Somme (1998)

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Somme is a war film that re-creates the 48 hours leading up to the catastrophic attack on the German lines, on July 1st 1916, that signaled the start of the Battle of Somme. The story of young men at war is told from the point of view of 17-year-old Billy McFarlane. As Billy and his squad are thrown into war, they experience trauma, friendship, animosity, nostalgia, and the prospect of their short lives coming to an abrupt end. The action is deliberately oppressive, set entirely near the front line and around the communication trenches. Somme is the first feature of William Boyd, who is also responsible for the script.

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attack, battle [war], friendship, Germany, man, trenches, war