Moving and sweet drama from 1949 about an idyllic Welsh village (complete with quirky and salt-of-the earth characters), which is threatened to be flooded by the construction of a nearby dam. Because of the quality of the image and sound, the film feels much older than it actually is, but this is not an issue and actually adds to its charm.
The portrayal of village life is lovely and the pacing of the story is good. Underneath the sometimes too earnest script, the film also deals with some interesting themes such as the disappearance of a traditional way of life and the all-encompassing class system.
There is quite a bit of Welsh-speaking and -singing (including a haunting rendition of "Ar lan y mor") which is wonderful (even for people like me who don't speak the language).
The other main draw of this film is the chance to see a very young Richard Burton in one of his earliest roles. He plays the shy and very sweet son of the inadvertent heroine of the movie. He is less commanding here than he would later become, however, interestingly enough, the adjective that comes to mind is "luminous" and it's not because of the lighting.