I rented it on DVD from Netflix back yonder before streaming. Netflix used to have a place where you could look at all the movies you’ve ever rented, but if it’s still a feature, I couldn’t find it today.
Movie takes place in Europe, WWII. As I recall, the title is one word beginning (maybe) with an “L,” possibly the name of a town.
A resistance group is hiding Jews, smuggling them to safe locations of various kinds all over. The protagonist is a woman, city girl, fairly sophisticated, well-educated. She is rescued by the group, put on a train (the beginning is pretty tense and action-packed) and she is escorted to an isolated mountain village where she is to take the role of the wife of one of the villagers. He’s a woodworker (I think), maybe furniture-maker. Maybe he’s a widower (can’t remember). He’s a nice enough guy, but a simple peasant, really. I can’t remember if they speak the same language-- maybe not. She is given appropriate clothing, and takes up residence in his cabin, where they have no more contact with each other than is absolutely necessary. She is very cranky and resistant, especially when she finds out she has to cook, clean, do chores, and basically fit in with the other women. He resents having her there and there are no sexy vibes between them. Her grudging acceptance of necessity isn’t treated in a humorous way at all, or like a rom-com. And in contrast with how she gets to the village, this part is NOT action-packed. It’s a grim, daily round of hard work, necessary for survival.
Day by day she resigns herself to village life-- I don’t remember much about this part, but it’s presented in a heartfelt way where you see the struggles of everyone to survive every day. The war is very far away. Gradually she comes to admire the character of her hard-working “husband,” his integrity, his values, even though he has no education and is nothing like her. There is one very moving moment where she goes to her separate bed and leaves a towel and soap out where he can find it, and that’s her non-verbal invitation for him to join her. It sounds trivial and trite when I describe it in this abridged plot summary, but it’s very delicate and sweet when it happens. I think all together she may have spent a couple of years in the village–not sure.
I’m not going to give away any more in case anyone is intrigued enough to look for it once y’all tell me the name!
Some bad stuff happens, and eventually the war is over and she returns to her sophisticated city life and many years go by. At the very end as a much older woman, she finds her way back to what is left of the village and there is this poignant retrospective scene where she remembers that brief time when she became another person in another life. She remembers the village community life, the man she came to love… it will have you (if you’re a sensitive puddle of a person like me) sobbing your heart out over the fleeting quality of life, memories, time passing and stuff like that.
Anybody know this one? There could be a pan of cashew fudge in it for you.
P.S. I found this good movie-lookup site, for future reference. I didn’t have enough specific details for it to help with this movie, but it might be a good site to bookmark.