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For the Moment [Import]
Western Canada, 1942. A handsome Australian named Lachlan (Russell Crowe of The Quick and the Dead, Virtuosity, Gladiator) and other pilots in-training from around the world have the earth below them and a dark cloud over their heads: the life expectancy of a World War ll bomber pilot is six weeks. Now more than ever these brave young men reach out to seize the day. And with each day, loves can form, hearts can break, memories can be forged that will last generations. This "gorgeous-looking, romantic drama" (The Hollywood Reporter) explores the tender wartime romance between Lachlan and a lonely Manitoba farm girl (Christianne Hirt). It glows with the heart-tugging passion of a love that's inevitable yet doomed, and like the pilots and lives it celebrates, it soars.
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The scene is a pilot training base near Winnipeg that trained pilots from Commonwealth countries and the U.S. during WWII. A lot of the drama hinges on the fact that these pilots had an average life expectancy of six weeks when they went into combat. Thus the pilots and those they loved learned to live "for the moment", as this film dramatises.
Crowe is in charming mode as the Aussie trainee who falls for the young wife of a pilot already away at war.
While overly earnest and somewhat clicheed in spots, this is a touching film that reminds us of the sacrifices made both by those who fought in World War II and the loved ones they left at home.