As an English soldier fights in the horrific trenches of northern France, he is haunted by the memories of his forbidden love affair with a French woman.
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 Stephen Wraysford (2 episodes, 2012)
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 Isabelle / ... (2 episodes, 2012)
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 Captain Gray (2 episodes, 2012)
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 Shaw (2 episodes, 2012)
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 Marguerite (2 episodes, 2012)
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As an English soldier fights in the horrific trenches of northern France, he is haunted by the memories of his forbidden love affair with a French woman.

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Birdsong - Gesang vom großen Feuer  »

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Despite having prominent billing, Matthew Goode only has around 15-20 minutes of screen time out of the nearly three hour series. See more »

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Ruined by a glacially slow romance and too much cutting from one scene to another
26 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Fortunately one can apply the fast forward button when watching a DVD. I struggled through part one, then decided to hit the fast forward every time the action moved from the trench warfare to the sappy romance complete with background piano. If this had been a Swedish film it could not have been slower. It would have been better to focus on the futility and horrors of WWI and scrap the romance, or to confine the romance to part one, and WWI to part 2 with no flashbacks. Perhaps if the director had cut the long pauses between Stephen and Isabelle it might have helped. When the ubiquitous weepy soap opera ending was revealed, I groaned.

By contrast, the WWI story was spellbinding, particularly the character of Jack Firebrace. If the tedious romance bogged it down, the flitting back and forth from 1910 Amiens to WWI was overdone. Save it for MTV. Too much, too often, and too fast.


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