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Sensitive thought-provoking film.
on March 10, 2007
I love this sensitive film! In fact I pulled it off my bookshelf tonight to watch following the viewing of a popular film from last year (supposed to be so great and funny, but wasn't!). Because I totally felt cheated,I needed movie satisfaction tonight. This film is one I have now seen several times and it gets better with each viewing. Subtle details are noticed. Unfortunatly I own the VHS, but would love to purchase the Region 1 DVD version; I keep looking and hope it becomes available soon. This shows just how much I value this film, that I would buy the DVD in a minute.
First, the acting is superb. Colin Firth and Kenneth Branagh turn in such touching, yet quiet performances. There subtle communication is wonderful and sensitively handled. It is what is not said or said between the lines that counts. Their understanding of each other is perfect. Their separate personalities play well off each other. Natashia Richardson is excellent in the role of the stifled vicar's wife. She and Colin have wonderful eye chemistry. Expressions are everything and this little film proves it. All the actors turn in marvelous performances. The children are great. This film does not rely on fancy special effects or elaborate sets, but rather truly fine and talented performances that seem so real and authentic, and will hold up with time. I would highly recommend this film to anyone. It is slowpaced and thoughful, but not at all boring. I loved the beauty of the English countryside and the mysteries of the tombs and the church mural. Themes are layered and revolve around the main characters and their haunting war experiences. The end is perfect. I don't want to give it away.
I bought the book after seeing the film and now am anxious to read it. I am sure it is a fine little book and one I will cherish.