Synopsis by Eleanor Mannikka
Heavy-handed direction by Ole Roos has taken away any subtlety that might have otherwise promoted the symbolism and dramatic intention of this film about two army men gone AWOL on a New Year's eve in 1945. The men have just come back from the Russian front and are now in hiding both from their German army superiors as well as the Danish resistance fighters. They take refuge in a small cottage for awhile, where a young Jewish woman helps to patch up a wound suffered by one of the men in their flight. Soon a romantic pairing begins to take over the story, which still focuses on obvious psychological hang-ups, maudlin melodrama, and visual symbols that can be a puzzle at times.