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A man form a rural mountain area is brought to the hospital with serious injuries and desperately needs a transfusion. Eliska is the only one with the same blood type. Her blood saves his life, and a connection is formed between the two of them that becomes an extraordinarily strong relationship.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The story is as basic as a peasant meal -- and just as hearty."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"See it as a war romance, and you'll like it."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"When it should be building toward something stirring, Zelary instead meanders like the sheep grazing on the nearby hillsides."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"A detailed tale well told."
‑ Richard C. Walls, Orlando Weekly
"Long but frequently enticing."
‑ Tim Cuprisin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Sometimes transcends its predictability. But at two and a half hours, 'sometimes' isn't really often enough."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"...may seem long and solemn to those used to the pacy rhythms of Hollywood films, but the sense of ennui it occasionally evokes strengthens its grip"
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"[E]schews... sentimentality, but we've seen this story too many times before..."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"Well-acted, well-made and moderately involving."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"Wallows in pretense it doesn't earn, and squanders a potentially wrenching premise by spending too much time dressing the story up in unnecessary detail."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"Humble, heartwarming storytelling with good acting and lush visuals."
‑ Janice Page, Boston Globe
"Here's a film that manages to tell its tale without pandering, without cheap melodrama, without gimmicks and without big-name stars. Instead, it simply develops its characters and lets the drama unfold naturally."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Offers a wide span of emotions and experiences."
‑ Jack Garner, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
"It is a film of deep feeling, survival and sacrifice that's well acted and brought to the screen with style."
‑ Larry Ratliff, San Antonio Express-News
"By the time it's over you find yourself wondering why more films don't have the chutzpah to delve deeper into the battle-weary heart."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
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