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Unlike most World War II movies, Ari Taub's 2004 independent feature has scarcely any combat scenes, focusing instead on three commanding officers—one German (Thomas Pohn), one Italian (Fabio Sartor), and one American (John McVay)—as their units converge near a mountain pass in 1944. The long war has taken its toll: the Americans drink or traffic in black-market goods, while the Germans and the Italians bicker over food shortages. The European actors (especially Sartor) give commendably realistic performances, but the film suffers from an episodic script, which contributes to the sense of anticlimax when the battle finally arrives. In English and subtitled German and Italian. 110 min.

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