Set in 1820s eastern Europe, In the Arms of My Enemy is fundamentally a story of the bond between
brothers as they struggle to survive in unforgiving times. The film follows two pairs of brothers whose
difficult lives intersect.
However, this fetching tale also looks tangentially at themes of awakening sexuality, homo-erotic urges and male
bonding as a necessity of life. Neither the plot nor the characters are particularly complex, but the story
is told with a deft hand that allows the themes to emerge without trite conventions.
It won’t change your life or your philosophy, but it is worth your time.