In 1916, around Easter, in a Romanian village near the Siret river, two young men, Ion Strajeru and Ilie Paduraru, love the same girl, Ileana, the daughter of the local mayor. Ileana loves Ion, the most handsome and vigorous man in the village, and is engaged with him, so she rejects Ilie. At sunset, the coward and mean Ilie follows Ileana secretly and forces her to kiss him, but the girl is saved by the brave and honest Ion, who beats up the aggressor. Ilie swears revenge. As the war broke out, men in the village are drafted in the army. Ion and Ilie end up in the same infantry regiment. In November, their village is occupied by the enemy forces. Ion fulfils his duty to the country and, during a reconnaissance mission in June, he sacrifices his life in order to save his commanding officer. He is wounded, but Ilie, who is obsessed with the mayor’s daughter and believes Ion is dead, deserts from the army and tries to return to his village and seduce Ileana. Ilie is shot dead by the enemy while trying to desert. Thanks to Ion’s courage and to the information supplied by him, the regiment attacks during the night and in the morning the enemy is forced to flee from the village.
In the war scenes, the film uses real newsreel footage from the front. Unfortunately, a large part of the film was lost.

CollectionArhiva Naţională de Filme
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Subject TermsWorld War I, World War, 1914-1918--Propaganda, World War, 1914-1918--Romania, Patriotism, War and society, Society and war, Autonomy and independence movements, National independence movements, World War, 1914-1918, European War, 1914-1918, feature films, feature film, Military maneuvers, Armies--Maneuvers, Balkan Peninsula--History--War of 1912-1913--Territorial questions, motion pictures (visual works), motion picture (visual work), War victims, Victims of war, World War, 1914-1918--Motion pictures and the war, Desertion, Military, Military desertion, Rural conditions, Rural life, Infantry, Foot soldiers, Armed Forces--Mobilization, Military mobilization
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