I totally disagree with this other reviewer who was quite harsh on 'Birdsong'. I haven't read the book, I'm not a great fan of Faulks and I usually hate stuff that deals with wars. So I thought I would in all likelihood dislike it and yet, the film worked its magic. I ended up loving that first part. I enjoyed everything or very nearly, the slow but intense way the seduction between those two protagonists develops, the lazy shots of those sultry summer days contrasting sharply with life in the trenches. I don't think I had ever seen Redmaine before and thought he looked so young, so boyish that he would fail to deliver but he didn't. The attraction between the two is more than believable, the looks subtly exchanged and the beautiful photography reminded me of some excellent scenes in the Go Between for example. The hour and a half just flew by and I ended up enchanted. Of course I don't know if the second part will be as good but I can but hope. My only criticism is that some of the dialogue between the soldiers is really difficult to understand, mumble, mumble, mumble. I wish they enunciated properly!It is perfectly possible to have a strong regional accent but be audible at the same time.