Moment of Grace

TITLE: A MIDNIGHT CLEAR

WRITER AND DIRECTOR: KEITH GORDON

THE BOTTOM LINE: A wartime anecdote told with compelling modesty and originality.

LOST IN AN ENVELOPING WHITEness, two patrols -- one American, one German -- stumble warily toward each other through the snows of the Ardennes forest. It is Christmastime 1944, just before the Battle of the Bulge.

The Yanks are, in their way, a family. They have a deserted chateau for a home. They have a designated Father (Frank Whaley), a sometime seminarian whose priestly aspirations have gone awry; a designated Mother (Gary Sinise), a fussbudget teetering on the brink of...

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