Most helpful positive review
on 28 June 2013
I think this a little gem of a film, very well acted by all the main actors including a young Colin Firth and Kenneth Branagh and Natasha Richardson, beautifully filmed, the script is very economical and subtly humourous. The story unfold of a young man just back from the war and still suffering from shell-shock who has been commissioned to restore a painting in a church. He meet Kenneth Branagh, another casualty from the war, an archeologist on a dig around the same church. The two men become friends and get to know a few of the local people, including the vicar's pretty wife.. The film manages to combine a haunting atmosphere with a sense of peace and of a summer holiday in the country. I saw it years ago and suddently remembering it, felt I woudl like to see it again but it is almost impossible to find and is rarely shown in cinemas. I managed to get a Spanish version, fortunately also in English. I would recommend it to anyone. Can't think why it is not more widely available when so many bad films are. Isn't time we gave people more choice?