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Old 05-10-2006, 17:04   #1
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another 'what is this film please?'

A bloke at work has been asking me to search on the web for a old black and white war film. All he can remember is that a mother is parted from her son during the war and at the end she finds him, as he runs and puts his hand into hers its the saddest ending ever apparently. Sorry not much to go on, it might not even be that old, but he assures me it is.
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Might it be the Russian picture Ballad of a Soldier, directed by Chukrai about 1959? It won a lot of festival prizes and used to get the odd television outing ten or more years back. It is a very touching piece about a young soldier who gets a short leave to visit his mother. In the end, they meet only fleetingly.
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I had thought of John Ford's Pilgrimage from 1933 - but the ending doesn't quite fit as it's not her son the woman meets but her grandson .
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Thanks for the replies, I think the son was a child. At the end the mother is walking away and the son is looking for her. Someone finds out his name and directs him towards his mother, he put his hand into hers and its a weepy ending.


Just remembered, he said the main gist of it was the evacuees.

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Bad call by me then.
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The Search . Probably ....the 1948 film with Montgomery Clift and former opera star Jarmilla Novatna ... directed by the very talented Fred Zinneman . The story seemed designed for Garbo .
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Old 07-10-2006, 06:23   #7
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Hmm..that could be it, he said hes gonna check at the weekend on IMDB. Thanks for that, it was bugging me aswell and Ive never even seen it!
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