Kate Nelligan is Eleni, a Greek villager struggling to keep her family together despite the turmoil of the civil war that has enveloped the country at the end of World War II. Her torment and death at the hands of rebel guerillas have forever plagued her son, Nick. Now an adult and a journalist for the New York Times, Nick travels back to the small village in Greece to uncover the truth behind mother's untimely death.
In my ignorance I didn't know about the Greek civil war of the '40s. Clearly a dreadful time particularly for Greek women. This is a very sad and disturbing tale of triumph through adversity of a mother devoted to her children despite some particularly unpleasant soldier officers. The effect of this on her son is inspiring. Wonderful acting. Set in 2 periods of time, the older period beautifully crafted to feel a bit older. The more recent period still a little faded but no worse for it. Deeply moving.