Synopsis by Hal Erickson
The Swiss-English The Village strives for accuracy by having each cast member speak in his or her own native tongue, a la The Longest Day. Set during WW II, the film concerns itself with 200 Jewish war orphans, living out the war in a Swiss "children's village." Having been traumatized by their experiences, the kids have trouble responding to kindness and generosity. It is up to the village supervisors (John Justin and Eva Dahlbeck) to restore the orphans' faith in humanity. And along the way, the two adults happen to fall in love. Considering recent revelations about Switzerland's true role in WW II (which was not always neutral, and sometimes not very altruistic), The Village can be viewed today as a relic of a more innocent filmmaking era.
survivor, extramarital-affair, orphan, romance, teacher