The War is Over - Italy
The War is Over (La Guerra è Finita, 2002)
The fascist reign of Benito Mussolini in Italy is the backdrop for the miniseries The War is Over airing on Eurochannel. Aired in two parts, the production led by Italian actor Alessandro Gassman narrates the history of three college friends whose lives are altered by the wars occurring in their country.
June 1940: Claudio, Giulia and Ettore are three university students who grew up together in the years of Mussolini's regime. Both men are in love with Giulia, who knows it, and at some level loves them both. As war hovers over their lives, Claudio enlists in the Fascist army. Before he is sent to the front, he and Giulia make love, and she gets pregnant. To avoid the shame of single motherhood, she is sent by her family to Abruzzo, where she meets a dissident professor, who has been exiled there for political reasons.
As the police come to arrest him, he manages to give Giulia important documents to deliver to the Resistance in Rome, and a letter for his Jewish wife. When Giulia gets to Rome, he finds his wife dead and disgusted, joins the Resistance. She sees Ettore again, back from the Russian campaign, and convinces him to join her. In the meantime, Claudio, who had been in battle and fought in Russia as an officer, is back in Italy in Mussolini's army, after the Armistice in 1943. His father is killed by the North and manages to pass a road block, thanks to Claudio, who pretends not to know them. When the war is over, a blood-thirsty Claudio looks for his father's murderers, and finds them as Giulia is giving birth to a baby girl.