She was fatally beautiful, charming, sophisticated, intelligent, bold, talented, brash, silly, loud, a man-eater, restless, light-minded, selfish, irritating, unhappy, a pleasure-seeker, a thrill-seeker – and lonely.
The Karelian Isthmus, April 20, 1918. Nurse Harriet Thesleff, the wife of an armycolonel, is staying at a farmwithmajor Olof Lagus. Harriet, Olof and another major go on a horse carriage ride together. A few hours later they return, and Olof is dead from a gunshot wound. Nobody remembers what happened.
Examining a documentedevent in writer-director Milja Sarkola’s family history, Harriet focuses on interpretation. What has been written about a hundred-year-old incident, during those hundred years? How does time become history? What do we remember when we think about something that happened before we existed?
Gently feeling its way through facts and interpretations, this delicate and spellbinding piece is an investigation into the subjectivity of truth.