In Love and War

Like any satisfying summer romance, director Richard Attenborough’s lushly shot yet otherwise understated love story In Love and War is more enjoyable if left unexamined. The setting is World War I-torn Italy. The couple in question is fresh-faced Kansas City kid ”Ernie” Hemingway (who else but Chris O’Donnell?) and 26-year-old Red Cross nurse Agnes von Kurowsky (a primly proper Sandra Bullock), whose rebuff, the film suggests, set the 18-year-old spiraling toward his stormy, grizzled, Nobel Prize-winning future. Whether they were ever more than friends is arguable, but romance-minded renters could do worse than take this one home. C+

In Love and War
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