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United Kingdom 2016
In English with no subtitles
For audiences aged 12 and above
|Near the end of the stealth charmer Their Finest, the accidental screenwriter played by Gemma Arterton slips into a movie theater amongst the London public during the Blitz to watch the morale-building British Ministry of Information propaganda film she has helped to shape. Director Lone Scherfig pushes every required button to evoke the style of the era in this mini-narrative recounting a Dunkirk rescue mission by patriotic civilians - the quivering lips, the plucky determination, the humble heroism and the lush swell of sorrow and stirring sentiment. But don't be surprised if you find yourself getting misty-eyed during this lovely sequence as you surrender to every hoary cliché.
As proto-feminist protagonists go, Catrin Cole (Arterton) may be a little meek for modern tastes. But her quiet assertiveness seems truer to the period than it would have had she been given a contemporary spin and a lot of boldly declarative speeches. It also allows Arteron to explore the inner strength and resolve of this warm-hearted woman via subtle strokes that yield affecting rewards.
David Rooney / The Hollywood Reporter
Director: Lone Scherfig
Lone Scherfig (born in 1959) is a Danish director, screenwriter and producer. Her international breakthrough came with Italian for Beginners (2000), but her Oscar-nominated film An Education (2009) established her as an international star.
|Screenplay: Lissa Evansin romaanin Their Finest Hour and a Half (2009) pohjalta Gaby Chiappe
Cast: Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy, Jack Huston, Jake Lacy, Richard E. Grant, Helen McCrory, Eddie Marsan, Rachel Stirling, Henry Goodman
Production: Stephen Woolley, Amanda Posey / BBC Films, The Welsh Government, Pinewood Pictures
Sales: SF Studios