During the first World War, on the Austro-Hungarian front, Romanian Lieutenant Apostol Bologa takes part in the hanging of a soldier of Czech origin, executed for desertion. Overcome by guilt, Bologa ends up deserting but is caught and judged. —IMDbPro
NOTES ON RESTORATION
Restoration by the World Cinema Foundation will be completed in 2010 and carried out at Cineteca di Bologna / L’Immagine Ritrovata Laboratory in collaboration with the Centrul National al Cinematografiei and Liviu Ciulei.
Liviu Ciulei (born July 7, 1923) is a Romanian theater and film director, as well as film writer, actor, architect, educator, costume and set designer.
During a career spanning over 50 years, he has had a seminal influence on Romanian cinema and theater. Known for his daring theatrical interpretations, he has distinctively marked the area of performing arts inside his country and abroad. He has been described by Newsweek as “one of the boldest and most challenging figures on the international scene”. —Wikipedia
i am not sure though that rebengiuc's soft voice and dreamy looks were the most inspired utensil to portray a tormented personality. it gives a certain idea about his hesitations and naive assumptions, but fails to describe his shifting to a new mindset, it's more like changing from fairly gullible to utterly empty.