Tremendously talented cast in a well made, intriguing and economically driven film.
An old-school, old-fashioned entertainment, a romantic drama bursting with scenic vistas and earnest charm that contains just enough mystery to keep us involved.
Los Angeles Times
The fine cast let us visualize the events of the book as experiences of real persons.
In 1946 a London-based writer begins exchanging letters with residents on the island of Guernsey, which was German-occupied during WWII. Feeling compelled to visit the island, she starts to get a picture of what it was like during the occupation.
Despite the darkness of the WWII times, it makes for good enough storytelling (and that vintage aesthetic!). This is a lovely little movie that I was surprised to find out is based on a fictional novel and not on a true story. The society responsible for the film’s lengthy title may never have existed, but the circumstances surrounding its founding certainly did: A group of people coming together to create a sense of community during a time when lives were being torn apart.
UK 2018, 123 min, rated M (adult themes)
Directed by Mike Newell
Starring Lily James, Michiel Huisman, Tom Courtenay, Jessica Brown Findlay, Glen Powell, Matthew Goode & Katherine Parkinson