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Unfortunately Charlie's tales of his family ranch in Alberta are more fanciful than factual and when she gets there her natural ebullience is tested to the limit by a crumbling shack and a frostbite-inducing welcome from his widowed mother (Brenda Fricker, superbly dour) and his crippled sister (Molly Parker). They view her townie ways, her penchant for picture houses and scarlet lipstick, with deep suspicion. The only light in these dark days is derived from visits from her longstanding best friend Sophie (who also married a Canadian, but one with rather more to offer) and a burgeoning friendship with Joe, her sister-in-law's boyfriend.
The film was inspired by the experiences of screenwriter Angela Workman's mother, one of 48,000 war brides who immigrated to Canada during World War II, and it vividly demonstrates that for the unlucky ones the future was far from rosy. The result could have been mawkish but it's saved by fine performances from Friel--who is increasingly showing herself to be an actress of some versatility--and the always splendid Brenda Fricker. --Harriet Smith
I love this true-to-life story of the war brides, showing the romance of falling in love and the reality of what these brave ladies had to face. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Bought this for my husband for Christmas- we both really enjoyed it - quite an unusual film, well acted.Published 2 months ago by Betty in the Box
Great story very believable and I enjoyed it. My parents in their seventies watched it too and really seemed to enjoy it.Published 9 months ago by carol stow
I have just watched this film and it is one of the best films I have seen in ages. Based on a true story the film tells the story how a young girl meets a soldier from Alberta... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Petey
The story is very interesting. The war bride from the UK arrives in Canada expecting a great ranch and finding instead a broken down farm with very unfriendly mother and sister of... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Maria Elena Rossi