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Testament of Youth (2014)

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A British woman recalls coming of age during World War I - a story of young love, the futility of war, and how to make sense of the darkest times.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Vera Brittain
... Edward Brittain
... Victor Richardson
... Mr. Brittain
... Mrs. Brittain
... Roland Leighton
... Aunt Belle
... Miss Lorimer
... Exam Candidate
... Headmaster
... Clare Leighton
... Mr. Leighton
... Mrs. Leighton
... Passenger
... Boy on Bicycle
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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 Guy Bellinger

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Divided by war. United by love.


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: Rated PG-13 for thematic material including bloody and disturbing war related images | See all certifications »

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Testamento de juventud  »

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$53,000, 7 June 2015, Limited Release

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$1,822,030, 11 October 2015
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The film was shot in various locations in Yorkshire, Oxford and London. The railway station scenes, the train interiors, and the scene in the railway café, were shot at Keighley Station, using trains provided by the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway. The landscape shots of period trains were filmed at the heritage track of the The North Yorkshire Moors Railway. The Welbeck Estate in Nottinghamshire provided several locations, including the scenes at Uppingham school, Melrose house and the Etaples field hospital. The lake scenes were filmed in Darley Dale in Derbyshire. See more »

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When Edward is playing the piano by himself, his arms and hands don't move in conjunction with the notes that we hear. See more »

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Vera Brittain: They'll want to forget you. They'll want me to forget. But I can't. I won't. This is my promise to you now. All of you.
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Humoresque qp.101 n° 7
Composed by Antonín Dvorák
Performed by Fritz Kreisler, 1905
Sound recording courtesy of British Library
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Definitely Worth A Watch. With Tissues.
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Testament of Youth is considered one of the great war memoirs. The film is a true-life account of Vera Brittian's life from 1914 - 1918, and a chronicle of how World War One affected not only her, but the nation's lives.

I had heard about this book during high school when I studied 20th Century History but never actually read it. After hearing that a film was to be released, with the ever stunning and awe- inspiring Swede, Alicia Vikander, playing Vera Brittain, I knew it was something to be excited about.

Unlike the many films that have been made about both world wars, Testament of Youth explores the utter loss of not only a young woman who looses everyone she has come to love, but loss of those on both sides of the war. It focuses on the domestic view. The view of, really, an unseen or explored perspective on the despair that war can cause. I started to bawl my eyes out about halfway through the film and the tears didn't stop until well after the lights came up in the cinema.

The film progressively gets darker as war becomes more of a presence within the story, with the most heartbreaking scenes kicked off by Brittain's loss of fiancé, Roland Leighton (Kit Harrington), and her transferral to the front line in France. There is no holding back in how disturbing of an experience it was for Brittain as we a shown first had what she dealt with.

The film held together with strong direction and script along with a well performing cast of Kit Harrington, Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Emily Watson, Hayley Atwell, and newcomer Taron Egerton.

It was given a world-premiere at the BFI London Film Festival in 2014, the film was released in time for Remembrance Day in November and awards season, in which it ashamedly didn't gain the recognition it deserved. For me, the film is as good as fellow war film and Oscar nominated, The Imitation Game.

Now, if you will excuse me, I have a book to read.


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