Set in 1944 in German-occupied Britain, this is the story of the women of an isolated village who wake up to discover that their husbands have all mysteriously vanished to become part of the secret British resistance. With their sudden absence the women regroup as an isolated, all-female community and wait, hoping for news. When a German patrol arrives in the valley the severe winter forces the women to co-operate with them and a fragile mutual dependency develops. Based on Owen Sheers’ widely-acclaimed novel, much of the film was shot locally in the Olchon valley and on locations around Herefordshire and Monmouthshire.
“Composed and atmospheric, painterly in detail, it draws you into a forgotten valley” Francine Stock, BBC Radio 4 Film Programme