Every family has its secrets - and its lies. The Lamberts have Uncle Harry, who fought in World War I but never came home from France. Each Lambert relative now clings to a different story: Harry died a hero's death on the battlefield. Harry married a sweet French girl. Harry drowned in the mud in Gallipoli. Harry was a coward who ran from the enemy. As his great-niece Julie struggles to sift fact from fiction, she finds how easy it is to rewrite the past. Gradually Harry comes to life: the awkward boy in turn-of-the-century Australia, the obedient son caring for his ageing mother, the 40-year-old bachelor, the reluctant soldier in France. Initially placid Harry's posted out of harm's way - but then he's called up to the front, and makes a decision that not only changes the course of his life, but changes the way he sees himself. (Backcover)
'Harry Lambert, a shy and gentle man, shamed by his rural Australian town into joining the armed forces as a baker in the service corps. When the bakers are thrown into the front line, Harry deserts. In countryside swarming with gendarmes, Harry barely avoids capture when Colombe Jacotot takes pity on him. Colombe is a stoic farm-wife, bowed by hard work and tragedy. Within her bare cottage, Harry and Colombe discover a love that is as powerful as it is unexpected.'
Source: Screen Australia. (Sighted: 31/3/2014)