Farm boy, Jake, lives for girls, guns and adrenalin; his younger brother, Greg, loves poetry. The tensions and bitter rivalry between the two finally erupt into bloody, life-changing violence. With the dark clouds of war looming over England's green and pleasant land, it is Greg who unexpectedly signs up for front line battle in France. Against a backdrop of chaos and uncertainty, Greg discovers a world of uncompromising brutality. His journey through war-torn France exposes the very best and very worst of human nature along with the realisation that, no matter how far you run, the past will always find a way of catching up with you.Written by
Good film - interesting story over 4 generations of one family, which is well shot, well acted and with a great score. Significant parts are played out to the backdrop of WW2 - and I am still squirming at one scene of particular Nazi unpleasantness...! - but not a war film as such.
Some great twists in the storyline and a good example of British film-making, enjoyed by all 3 generations of our family. My only criticism would be the cover art, which as others have said is misleading, but overall this film is well worth viewing for its interesting storyline and the realism of the times in which it is set.
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