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Their Finest (2016)

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A former secretary, newly appointed as a scriptwriter for propaganda films, joins the cast and crew of a major production while the Blitz rages around them.

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During the London Blitz of World War II, Catrin Cole is recruited by the British Ministry of Information to write scripts for propaganda films that the public will actually watch without scoffing. In the line of her new duties, Cole investigates the story of two young women who supposedly piloted a boat in the Dunkirk Evacuation. Although it proved a complete misapprehension, the story becomes the basis for a fictional film with some possible appeal. As Cole labors to write the script with her new colleagues such as Tom Buckley, veteran actor Ambrose Hilliard must accept that his days as a leading man are over as he joins the project. Together, this disparate trio must struggle against such complications such as sexism against Cole, jealous relatives, and political interference in their artistic decisions even as London endures the bombs of the enemy. In the face of those challenges, they share a hope to contribute something meaningful in this time of war and in their own lives. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Their Finest Hour  »

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€10,000,000 (estimated)

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$76,197 (USA) (7 April 2017)

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$3,595,841 (USA) (16 June 2017)
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Reunites Bill Nighy with Helen McCrory after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010). However, in the Potter film they don't share a scene. See more »

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Breeze blocks visible in shot - not yet invented. See more »

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Tom Buckley: It's never for anything. Why do you think that people like films? It's because stories are structured; have a shape, a purpose, a meaning; and when things gone bad they're still a part of a plan; there's a point to them. Unlike life.
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In the Bleak Midwinter
Written by Gustav Holst
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Marooned in Mediocrity
6 June 2017 | by (Old London, New England) – See all my reviews

'Their Finest' is neither fish nor fowl, never making up its mind whether it wants to be a satirical comedy, love story or feminist tract. In more skillful hands, perhaps it could have been all of these, but director Scherfig steers a muddled course from the beginning, and the project remains marooned in the doldrums throughout the proceedings.

The story tells how a British production team and film crew make a wartime movie about the Dunkirk evacuation which is intended to raise domestic spirits and impress Americans. As far as the comedic aspect is concerned, there are some scattered breezes of ho-hum humor, but they aren't sufficient to raise the entertainment barometer above the level of a mildly sophisticated sit-com. Meanwhile, the romantic element seems like a tacked-on afterthought, along with the sub-plot of female empowerment. Arterton, Nighy and the rest of the cast do their best with the material, but they are always fighting a losing battle against the soporific screenplay and dull direction.


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