During the early years of Nazi occupation of France in World War II, romance blooms between Lucile Angellier (Michelle Williams), a French villager, and Bruno von Falk (Matthias Schoenaerts), a German soldier.
Kristin Scott Thomas,
In Victorian England, the independent and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak, a sheep farmer; Frank Troy, a reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood, a prosperous and mature bachelor.
A long, long time ago, back in the spring of 1914, they were so happy together. There was Vera Brittain, an upper class girl with ideas of her own; and her bright brother Edward; and his group of friends among whom Roland Leighton, wonderful, handsome, sensitive Roland Vera had fallen for... Always having great times together talking, laughing, exchanging ideas, walking, eating, swimming together; all of them envisioning the glittering future they deserved: Vera, despite her father's opposition, would study at Oxford, marry Roland and be a famous writer; Roland, as for him, would be acclaimed as a great poet while Edward and his friends would each become a prominent figure in his respective field... But then came that fateful day on 4 August 1914 when Britain declared war on Germany. All those beautiful dreams were to be shattered one after the other. All except one: Vera wound up becoming a writer... A writer but a pacifist as well.Written by
When Vera is reading Roland's poem about violets, the "violets" shown both on the ground and in Roland's hand are actually pansies. See more »
Please don't keep things back from me, Roland, with an idea of sparing my feelings. I shall never be afraid to confront the real. The imagined holds far greater terror for me.
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During the opening credits, World War I guns can be heard in the background. See more »
Though fighting might not be the right word. The movie also seems to go a completely different direction at first, with the now Oscar winning actress in the front row. It remains about her and her feelings throughout, but you might think it would concentrate on another aspect of life. On the other hand, when war happens, everything else seems to not matter anymore. Even things you fought very hard for.
Some decisions are not understandable, especially the way they are "explained" by the characters, but irrational thinking does hit us from time to time. The question is, if we can bounce back from mistakes (or if we're allowed to). This also shows how grim war can be and what toll it takes, especially from the young (as the song goes: "War? What is it good for? Absolutely nothing"). Powerful performances make this a drama that is worth a watch
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