This is a very interesting and engaging film if you have an interest in the Middle Ages and can enjoy historical drama.
The film is about a 13th century Dominican Friar, Ettiene of Bourbon, who is abroad on a mission from the Pope to seek out heretics and, if need be, bring them to "justice".
He enters a rural French village and is permitted by a reluctant cure' to speak with the villagers, who unwittingly arouse his interest in a young forest woman named Elda who lives in the woods and has long tended the villagers with her healing arts which Elda derives from her old folk lore knowledge of herbs and berries.
The film pursues Ettiene's persistent enquiries concerning Elda, the villagers' reliance upon her, and their superstitions related to a mysterious ancient saint and a venerated grove, all amid the larger conflict arising between the peasantry and the cruel noble who holds the land upon which they struggle to survive.
It is not a film of much physical action, but the drama is fast paced. It was meticulously researched and is based upon the written accounts of Ettiene of Bourbon, a real 13th century friar who really did deliver up heretics to clerical and secular judgment.
Given the subject matter, I was refreshed to find the simplistic moralizing and stereotyped characters with signs saying "good" or "evil" hanging about their necks completely absent from this film.
The sympathies of the film maker are clear with regards to the subjects portrayed but the sensibility here is liberal and artistic and Ettiene is given forth as a very real and sympathetic character.
It is delivered in French with English subtitles and has an ending which will likely surprise most.
I found the acting to be able, with great directing and very good locale.
I have posted this review here because although it is set in a period somewhat later than those most likely to be found in a Fantasy Wargaming scenario, it contains flavor and ingredients which would be useful to a GM who is running a game in even earlier periods.
The full film is currently uploaded at You Tube: