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Read the book instead!
on 23 January 2004
Having just finished reading the book, I found the film to be a very poor adaptation indeed. Granted, Cate Blanchett was good and believable in her role as Charlotte Gray, but why did the director decide to change the story so much? It was clear from the offset that the overwhelming love that Charlotte and Peter Gregory were meant to feel for each other was sadly lacking, and to me this wasn't a terribly good start.
If I hadn't read the book, I would have probably enjoyed it for the war time love story that it was. It certainly gave recognition to the very brave work done by many people during the war - some of which is often overlooked. However, I truly recommend that you read the book instead. There you will be enveloped in a wonderful love story, and gripped, and horrified at the events that took place in France during the second world war.
Also highly recommend Birdsong - another fantastic book. This one outlines the utterly harrowing events of world war one. Both these books will bring tears to your eyes. Lest we forget.