Directed by: James Kent
Staring: Alicia Vikander, Taron Egerton, Kit Harington and Colin Morgan
A powerful coming-of-age story based on the WW1 memoir by Vera Brittain. It is heralded as the voice of a generation, a woman’s perspective, and has become the classic testimony of that war. Vera’s story covers many themes: youth, hope, dreams, love, war, loss, remembrance, futility, and how to make sense of the darkest times. It’s a key witness account of WW1, and is above all a personal story of how one person can survive in those challenging times.
James Kent’s film similarly takes a no–nonsense approach, wisely acknowledging that the simple facts actually require little in the way of melodramatic embellishment.