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Interesting,well-acted and good all round movie.
on 5 January 2017
I think Cate Blanchett is one of the most accomplished actors to hit the screen in the last 30 years and rarely makes a bad or un-watchable or un-interesting film and I include THIS among them. She plays a young Scottish woman who moves to London, lives with 2 other girls and meets aa Airman who she falls for. He is lost in a bombing raid and SHE then decides to have a go at becoming a member of the SOE initially in the hope of discovering more about her lost love and what has happened to him. She makes the grade, gets 'dropped' into France and becomes housekeeper to a rather worldly, astute old man Mnsr. Levade (Michael Gambon) at his chateau.There are several different stories within the film, involving love, betrayal and oppression of the German invaders, and the collaboration of the Vichy Government who in some cases seemed less sympathetic than the Germans. A good cast includes Ron Cook, Billy Crudup and Anton Lesser, strongly directed by Gillian Armstrong and great Production Design from Joseph Bennett. Some reviewers have criticised the film after comparing it badly with the book by Sebastian Faulks, though HE himself believes it to be a good translation. Had to read up on Violet Szabo, Odette Churchill and Edith Cavell after seeing this, which was interesting, eye-opening and told how brave (although THEY wouldn't agree) these 2 woman were along with many others.