Respite at Christmas [short film]
#GLCFF 2015 Official Selection
Based on a true story Respite at Christmas is set in the Ardennes forest during the very cold Christmas of 1944. A widowed mother, Elisabeth Vincken and her son Fritz are spending the night in the family cabin.
The cabin gets invaded by lost German soldiers looking for respite from the bitter cold who discover Elizabeth is harboring two American soldiers and their injured comrade.
Elizabeth invites them in under one condition, they leave their guns outside. Throughout the night the American and German soldiers befriend each other, despite the fact that up to this point they intensely hated each other and that they will eventually have to return to the war.
What a great story. The real hero wasn’t even fighting in the war, yet she showed courage.