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The year is 1939 and the aristocratic family of Sir Alexander Keyes (Bill Nighy) and his wife Maud (Jenny Agutter) are living what seems to be an idyllic life with their children Ralph (Eddie Redmayne), Celia (Juno Temple) and the eldest, Anne (Romula Garai) who we soon discover was adopted before the Keyes discovered they could bear children on their own. Anne is a beautiful creative actress who seems to make the family proud. The family is visited by an old friend Hector (David Tennant) who at dinner is very vocal about the fact that Hitler is a threat to England and that England must stop Hitler before he destroys them instead of pursuing a course of appeasement of Hitler that would prevent disturbance of their elegant way of life on the island of Britain.Read more ›
One of Alexander's friends stops by for dinner and during a tempestuous conversation expresses his disapproval of Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain and his efforts to appease Hitler's Nazi regime. Anne begins to suspect a conspiracy is afoot when she finds a set of phonograph records that document conversations of men discussing state intelligence secrets. When Anne tries to share her discovery with others, they're soon found dead.
The plot is fascinating and fresh. It deals with a group of Brits convinced that England could not possibly prevail against Germany and who use every means from political influence to devious machinations to keep England out of war. This historical background blends nicely into a suspense thriller when bodies start piling up. It contains excellent performances and crisp direction by Stephen Poliakoff, who helmed many dramas for the BBC.
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scenery, you will like it for this as well. I thought the film over all was artistically creepy and I enjoyed that very much. But it comes together well enough to make sense in the end, sort of...which is also what I liked.
Would I watch again? - Probably not
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This is a film that didn't know what it wanted to be when it grew up. I felt like I completely wasted my time viewing it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by antaeaventura
Quite good, and intense. An excellent cast, good story about an upper class English family who was not anti German during the early days right before WW2 and during the early days... Read morePublished 7 months ago by LD
The 4 stars are for the stellar cast and intriguing story. However, words fail to describe how disappointing the ending was. Read morePublished 7 months ago by HELEN E. WILGUS
I tried, especially because I had bought the DVD, but I couldn't get past the first ten minutes of this film --- awful, boring. Very deceptibvelyu advertised by Amazon.Published 7 months ago by bruce