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There's hope yet...,
This review is from: The Village - Series 1 [DVD] (DVD)
I didn't think they made tv like this anymore. After all the shallow, meaningless nonsense you find flicking through hundreds of channels, I really needed something like this. Something that reflected life as I found it (I come from a very dysfunctional family), the good, bad, ambiguous, weird, hilarious (yes there are funny bits too!) and everything inbetween.
This won't be popular I'm sure, it's not Downton Abbey (I like that show too for different reasons). It has some very difficult characters, but I found these the most interesting, particularly John Simms character John Middleton. His violence and frustration; the way he tries to explain to young Bert what the farm and the land mean and its connection to his family, not in any intellectual way, but in the only way he knows: physically, through the dip in the floor worn away by Middletons past. There is one scene where John shouts out into the wind 'we have nothing!', older Bert goes to him and says 'we have our name'. Maxine Peake as Grace Middleton is equally amazing, the rock of the family. When Joe (Berts older brother) announces his intentions to go to enlist, John isn't having it. Joe walks out, Grace runs after him and says 'I can't bear it if you're not free, what am I if I can't give this to you? I want you to go". I found all of this completely moving.
It touches on a lot of things, quite subtly: nationalism, duty, war, P.T.S.D (post traumatic stress disorder - shell shock), poverty, the class system, religion, morality, guilt, forgiveness, conscious, politics, socialism...and much more. Some of it is placed in its time, but a lot is as timeless as ever. This may be why I found it resonated with me so personally. The best thing I've seen this year. Thanks to everyone involved in making this remarkable drama!
This reminds me of a famous German tv drama called Heimat. Its time spans from the Great War all the way to the 1990s after the Berlin Wall falls, told through a family in a small village with one constant character Herman. I'd recommend anyone who liked this to check it out.