Wartime Romance (Russian: Военно-полевой роман, translit. Voenno-polevoy roman) is a 1983 Soviet film directed by Pyotr Todorovsky. It tells the story of a soldier and a nurse separated by World War II and briefly reunited in 1950.
Sasha is a former Red Army soldier married to a teacher and attending a university. He also works as a motion picture operator at a local theatre. One winter day he meets a gruffish woman street vendor with a child. Sasha recognizes her to be Lyuba, a former military nurse he worshipped during the war. He starts dating her and looking after her child. After learning about their affair, Sasha's wife invites Lyuba to their kommunalka and throws a little party for the lovers.
Sasha proves to be too mild-mannered to keep Lyuba under control once she regained her former beauty and self-esteem. She starts a relationship with a local Communist party official. Sasha eventually comes to understand that Lyuba is not the ideal woman he once thought her to be. He is reunited with his patient wife.
Nikolay Burlyaev as Netuzhilin
Natalya Andreychenko as Lyuba
Inna Churikova as Vera
Yekaterina Yudina as Kat'ka
Zinoviy Gerdt as Administrator
Yelena Kozelkova as Administrator's wife
Viktor Proskurin as Novikov
Vsevolod Shilovsky as Grisha
Aleksandr Martynov as Kombat
Natalya Chenchik as Lotochnitsa
Vladimir Yuryev as Malyanov
Vyacheslav Dubrovin as Terekhin
Awards and nominations
The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
Inna Churikova won the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the 34th Berlin International Film Festival.