Surprisingly not as depressing as I expected, considering the subject matter. A small group of aid workers travel across a war-torn landscape looking for a rope to remove a body from a well before it poisons the water. The specifics of the conflict are never given, because that is not the point--the point is the cruel absurdities of war, and as such, this could be any conflict, anywhere in the world. The different members of the group, from jaded veterans to idealistic newcomers and the long-suffering local interpreter, deal with events and setbacks in very different ways, often falling back on humor to make their day bearable. A cleverly understated, thought-provoking and compassionate look into how it feels to be a non-combatant outsider in the midst of a war zone, trying to make the best of a bad situation and do some good in the midst of hell.

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