Another Time Another Place (1983)

Dir. Michael Radford / UK / Drama, Romance / Colour / 118m

This story of a World War II romance in the Scottish highlands develops in a gradual but lyrical way as Janie (Phyllis Logan), a Scottish woman married to a cold and remote man, starts an affair with Luigi (Giovanni Mauriello), an Italian P.O.W. confined to Janie's small community until the war is over.

Luigi has two other compatriots to keep him company, but none of the Italians speak English, and life in exile is lonely. Although the townspeople continue to distrust the Italians, Luigi and Janie are kindred spirits, so when they meet, their mutual need is unconsciously acknowledged and sparks are ignited. Whether an illicit wartime romance will endure or not, is another question entirely.

The cold grey of the Black Isle provides a suitably stark setting for this intense human drama.

Relatively unknown at the time, Phyllis Logan won the BAFTA Film Award for Most Outstanding Newcomer.

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