4. Ballad of a Soldier

One of the worst things about wars is that often the soldiers are barely old enough to fight. Many of you will be a similar age to the protagonist of Ballad of a Soldier; instead of enjoying college or your first job, imagine that you had to fight to defend your country? This Russian movie is about a young soldier who has a few days leave, and decides to spend it visiting his mother. After delays on the journey, during which he falls in love, he finally reaches his home, but only has a few hours to spend with his mother …