There are a lot of close-ups in the film. It seems that we are watching a set of memories that pop up in the head of the main character many years after the end of the Hungarian war of independence: worms in the wounds of corpses, a rope on the swollen neck of an Austrian prisoner, the beautiful lips of a nurse, the eyes of a baby born in a partisan camp. But most often the viewer sees a dense Hungarian forest, large shots of branches against the sunset mark the end of each day, and spreading crowns of trees hang over the characters every time they are scared or sad. Nature, which simultaneously hides soldiers from enemies and hints at something sinister after the prediction, is a full-fledged character of the film.
Two brothers - two strategies of behavior in war. The eldest hid during the draft, hid when the Austrians burned down his parents' house. The younger one joined the partisans and was wounded in battle like a hero. The horrors of war, the torture and murder of innocent people, detailed at the beginning of Barnabash's journey, put us on the side of the older brother. But war does not see the difference between cowardice and mercy, every bullet that is not fired today may end up in the back of your comrade's head tomorrow. Kárpáti shot his film so that for most of the time we were mistaken and did not believe it along with the main character, but the shocking ending will make us seriously doubt any rules of morality when it comes to war.
The last minutes of the film are very heartfelt and can bring sensitive people to tears. Unless, of course, the audience leaves the hall without waiting for an impressive denouement. Because such a desire may really appear.