Brenda Fricker, Aden Young, Loren Dean, Julie Cox, Molly Parker With all the men away to war, Lily (Anna Friel - The Land Girls) falls madly in love and marries a handsome Canadian soldier, Charlie Travis (Aden Young - The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course). But Charlie is shipped off to the front and Lily discovers she's expecting his baby, not knowing if she will ever see him alive again. Lily receives instructions from the Canadian Embassy that she is to be shipped across the sea to her new Canadian in-laws. Life for lily is not about to improve, on arriving in Canada she is met by cold-hearted mother-in-law, Betty (Brenda Fricker - Academy Award Winner - My Left Foot) and crippled sister-in-law, Sylvia. Lily finds she has swapped one horrendous existence for another, as she struggles to survive on a dilapidated farm in the bleak Canadian wilderness. Based on a true story and winner of two Genies (Canada's Academy Award), this film is both heartfelt and funny, and will genuinely keep you engrossed till the end. Special Features Cast And Crew Interviews Interactive Menu Trailer
Marry in haste, repent at leisure, goes the old adage. Certainly, The War Bride
sees the chirpy Cockney Lily (Anna Friel) with plenty of time to regret her lot. After a whirlwind romance in wartime Britain she marries her handsome Canadian hunk, Charlie (Aden Young). Finding herself pregnant and alone, Charlie having been sent back to the front, she jumps at the chance of a new life abroad when she receives a one-way ticket to Canada.
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
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