We follow Sandra into WWI to learn lessons on life, love, and cleaning fish.
Based on Hemingway’s In Love and War, this follows Ernest Hemingway (Chris O’Donnell) during WWI in Italy. He forces his way to the front lines, only to get blown up and shot shortly afterward. He is sent to a nearby hospital, where he meets Agnes (Sandra Bullock). She nurses him back to health and they fall in love.
Falling in love during a war is a Bad Idea.
I liked that the film didn’t pull punches and romanticize too much. It’s not as graphic as some war films (thank you Saving Private Ryan, socks will never be the same) but it has its bloody moments.
Agnes is also incredibly competent and successful as a surgeon/nurse. (I was unclear of what her actual title was, so sorry if I’m insulting surgeon/nurses). It wasn’t played up or played down, it just was, and I appreciated that.
This is the sort of film that’s nice to have on the tele on a Sunday afternoon while you’re knitting. It’s kind of soothing, in a blowing up people in war torn Italy, sort of way.