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British action drama starring Saoirse Ronan. Understandably cold and aggressive after being shipped off to Britain from America to stay with her distant relatives, Daisy (Ronan) is initially weary of her new home in the English countryside, but as a relationship develops between Daisy and her cousin Edmond (George MacKay), she starts warming to her new surroundings. Left to their own devices while her Aunt Penn (Anna Chancellor) is abroad involved in peace negotiations, the group enjoy their idyllic surroundings and isolation from parental influence. However, when World War Three breaks out over Europe and Britain is taken over by military forces, the group is split up and detained in prisoner-of-war camps. With nothing left to lose, Daisy begins planning her escape in the hope of reuniting with her lover, but with war taking its toll on everyone throughout the country, she grows fearful of what she may find...

Starring:
Natasha Jonas, Sabrina Dickens
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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 41 minutes
Starring Natasha Jonas, Sabrina Dickens, Harley Bird, Corey Johnson, Sophie Ellis, Saoirse Ronan, Tom Holland, Boyd Rogers, Anna Chancellor, George MacKay
Director Kevin Macdonald
Genres Drama
Studio Entertainment One
Rental release 10 February 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 41 minutes
Starring Natasha Jonas, Sabrina Dickens, Harley Bird, Corey Johnson, Sophie Ellis, Saoirse Ronan, Tom Holland, Boyd Rogers, Anna Chancellor, George MacKay
Director Kevin Macdonald
Genres Drama
Studio TCFHE
Rental release 10 February 2014
Main languages English
Subtitles English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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Format: Blu-ray
This movie is about two teenage lovers torn apart by a third world war and determined to be reunited. It goes from the comical to the lyrical to the romantic to the threatening to the frightening to the grisly and never lost my attention for a moment. That's quite an achievement given that I'm a grumpy old man who soon gets irritated if writers, actors or directors don't do their job properly.
Acerbic American teenager Daisy (Saoirse Ronan) arrives in England to stay with her cousins. There's 14-year-old Isaac, a laid-back soul who meets her at the airport and subjects her to a scary ride home in a messy old Land Rover. "Home" is a ramshackle farmhouse and her other cousins are Piper (10-year-old Harley Bird), who is more chatty and friendly than Daisy cares for, and Edmond (George MacKay) who is the eldest and doesn't say much. There's unwashed crockery and meals are a disorganised affair; mother (Anna Chancellor) spends much of her time in her study and soon jets off to Geneva on a mission apparently connected with averting an apocalypse.
Daisy, who has OCD, is neurotic about the food she eats and is on medication to quell voices in her head, finds this environment somewhat challenging. She reacts by sulking in her room until the warmth of her cousins draws her out. It then becomes reminiscent of the Famous Five (Daisy has more than a passing resemblance to George) with swimming in the river, picnics and so on. But Daisy and Edmond aren't children and the hormones start to flow.
If the Famous Five were the optimistic face of the fifties, the threat of nuclear annihilation was its darker face.
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Format: Blu-ray
Once again I have to be entirely honest here and say I did initially buy this film JUST to see Saoirse Ronan. Like Chloe Moretz, she is an amazing actress and both are certainly the future of Hollywood. I am a HUGE fan of hers and was immediately interested in this film.

I had no expectations for this film. The trailer looked great and Saoirse was in it. Oh, and the bluray was a great price!! So when I watched it, I went in entirely open to whatever I was about to see. And I was so impressed. I don't know what I was expecting, but it certainly wasn't this. There's so much of Daisy in myself it is unreal, and I can really identify with her as a character. Seeing the relationship between her and her cousins blossom, and Daisy herself letting her guard down is beautiful, it's so well done and not forced or over directed in any way. In some ways it's almost poetic that the kids, teens, young adult group fend so well for themselves without adults. They're intelligent, resourceful yet still adolescent.

You're quite in the dark about the state of the world and the very idea of World War Three (if that's what it is,) as an event until the awful separation. When Eddie and Daisy were so much in love at this point and them, Isaac, Edmund and Piper were so together as a unit, I was heartbroken, especially when you had this horrible idea about what the fate of the boys could be. Piper and Daisy are evacuated and kept together, foraging for fresh fruit and vegetables during the day. Only here did you get to see the world for what it had become, and it's a shocking fear of what could come to this world, if WW3 really were to happen. The water tablets is a great idea, I commend Meg Rosoff for inventing or using that.
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Format: DVD
"How I Live Now" (2013 release; 101 min.) is the film adaptation of the young adult novel of the same name written by Meg Rosoff. As the movie opens, we get to know a high school teenager named Elizabeth "but everyone calls me Daisy except my dad who's a [jerk]". (We later learn that Daisy's mom died while giving birth to Daisy, that her dad eventually remarried, and that Daisy hates both of them.) Daisy just landed in London where she is picked up by one of her cousins, and the plan is for Daisy to spend the summer with her 3 cousins and their mom in the English countryside far away from London. As it happens we hardly see their mom as she is always busy working at home or on business travel, and indeed soon the mom takes off for meetings in Geneva, thinking that someone she knows will watch over the kids. It takes a while for Daisy to adjust to her surroundings. In the meantime we also learn from TV coverage that there are significant incidents of fighting in Paris, and later in London where a nuclear device is set off, killing thousands. Mom's friend never shows up and the kids are left to fend for themselves. To tell you more of this plot-heavy movie would surely ruin your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Several comments: first, this is actually two films in one. The first part of the film brings an idyllic view of how Daisy and her 3 British cousins are spending the summer far away from London and every other trouble spot, and in fact that part reminded me of "The Kings of Summer", another recent coming-of-age film. Then the movie turns into a true adventure film as Daisy and her youngest cousin Piper get separated from Eddie and Isaac, the other 2 cousins. It is never made clear who or what the violence and the pending war is all about.
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