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The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society [DVD] 
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The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society
Juliet Ashton (Lily James)
Juliet is a journalist from London in her early 30s and the film’s protagonist. Her humour, quick wit, and trustworthiness appeal to everyone that she corresponds with, particularly the Guernsey islanders. While living in London during World War II, Juliet had written a humorous column in The London Times that was eventually published into a largely successful book. Although Juliet loves her career, she yearns to write something serious and inspiration soon arrives in the form of letters from the people of Guernsey. Her personal journey from boredom to joy and self-fulfilment is ongoing and aided by her connection with the Guernsey islanders.
Dawsey Adams (Michiel Huisman)
A pig farmer on the island of Guernsey and dedicated fan of Charles Lamb. Dawsey is Juliet's initial contact with the island, and he enables the other islanders to correspond with her, encouraging them to share their experiences with her and contribute to her article. He is a strong and loving man, but incredibly quiet and timid. Between the absence of his parents in his life, a stuttering problem in his youth, and the seclusion that came with farming, Dawsey had been somewhat socially inept and painfully shy in earlier years. With the creation of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Dawsey finally develops a strong network of companions and breaks out of his shell. After corresponding with Juliet for a period, the two become good friends.
Sidney Stark (Matthew Goode)
Juliet's publisher, Sidney is perhaps her closest confidante and friend. The two grew up with one another and are 10 years apart, but only grew into close friends as adults. A majority of the present-day action in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is disclosed through letters between Juliet and Sidney. Extremely level-headed, Sidney largely functions as the voice of reason for the spontaneous and sometimes rash Juliet. He provides an objective opinion for her on everything from her love life to what her next book should be about to whether she is being an utter idiot. Juliet relies on Sidney's suggestions and observations so strongly because he is unwilling to be anything but honest with her.
Elizabeth McKenna (Jessica Brown Findlay)
A dear friend to the Guernsey islanders, Juliet quickly learns that almost every islander held some relation to Elizabeth, most often as a close friend. Much like Juliet herself, Elizabeth had an exceedingly personable nature and could easily earn the trust of practically anyone through her kindness. Islanders consistently tell Juliet stories of how Elizabeth had once done them a favour or offered warm encouragement in a difficult time. Even against the dark backdrop of World War II, Elizabeth retains a positive disposition and searches for the fun in life. Also like Juliet, she was spontaneous and rash at times — some of Elizabeth's decisions were certainly not supported by everyone. Whatever her actions, Elizabeth always followed her heart and embraced the outcome.
Mark Reynolds (Glen Powell)
An American publisher visiting London to win over British writers for his publishing house in New York, Mark attempts to woo Juliet after having read her humorous newspaper column, believing that the two of them would make an impressive couple. He is able to wine and dine her for a time and his character represents the life of fame and glamour in London that Juliet thought she wanted at one point.
Amelia Maugery (Penelope Wilton)
A wise, older woman who functions as an overall maternal figure on Guernsey. Amelia hosts the very first meeting of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, provides its members with books, and is extremely protective of society members. She is exceedingly educated and classy, a woman that Juliet admires and hopes to be like at age 60. Juliet values her opinion above all others on the island.
Isola Pribby (Katherine Parkinson)
An eccentric Guernsey villager with a passion for classic romance novels by the Brontë sisters who becomes a close friend of Juliet's. Isola is constantly dabbling in strange hobbies: concocting potions and herbs to sell at the local market, studying phrenology, or keeping "spy notes" about the other islanders. Her quirks and mannerisms add a necessary dose of humour to life on Guernsey during the occupation.
Eben Ramsey (Tom Courtenay)
An elderly fisherman and literary society member with a love for Shakespeare. Eben is the grandfather and caretaker of 12-year-old Eli, a young boy who had been sent to England for safety during the occupation. The knowledgeable Eben functions as both an invaluable resource about life on Guernsey during the occupation and a dependable friend who would do anything for his loved ones.
Based on the best-selling novel, Lily James (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Cinderella, Baby Driver) plays free-spirited writer Juliet Ashton, who forms a life-changing bond with the eccentric Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society when she decides to write about the book club they formed during the occupation of Guernsey during WWII.
From the producers of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and with an all-star cast including Michiel Huisman, Glen Powell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Katherine Parkinson, Matthew Goode, Tom Courtenay and Penelope Wilton comes a compelling romantic drama with an intriguing mystery at its heart.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Special Features
Explore both behind the scenes and the true history of Guernsey's WWII occupation with this fascinating collection of special features. Delve into the world of the book and how that was translated for screen; hear extensively from the cast in crew in exclusive interviews; and learn first-hand from survivors and family members of those who lived through the occupation.
The History Behind the Film: The Occupation of Guernsey
In fascinating interviews with survivors of the occupation learn what life was like under Nazi rule; see stunning artefacts photos saved from the time and hear first-hand the powerful memories of those whose experience is depicted in the film.
Book to Screen
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a literary phenomenon. A best-seller in every continent on earth, the novel has sold over 5m copies worldwide since publication in 2008. Hear from filmmakers and cast about their relationship with the book; how the film translates the novel's epistolary form onto the screen and how reading can create community.
Enjoy an in-depth insight into the film's plot from actors and filmmakers. Hear how Juliet's arrival in Guernsey made her feel 're-born; how the resilience of the islanders was so central to their portrayal on-screen; and why the power of literature and art in challenging times makes Guernsey a war film with a difference.
Cast & Crew Interviews
Enjoy never-before-seen interviews with Lily James, Michiel Huisman, Glen Powell, Jessica Brown Findlay, director Mike Newell and author Annie Barrows. Learn how they became involved with the project, how they understood and depicted their characters and who did and didn't try some potato peel pie!
“Gorgeous... An irresistible romantic mystery” ★★★★ Robbie Collin, The Telegraph
“Witty, classy and relentlessly charming” ★★★★ Sunday Express
"It's one of this years' must-sees" Heart
"A heart-warming love story" Grazia
★★★★ The Sun
"Delightful" ★★★★ Heat
"Charming" ★★★★ Reader's Digest
- Aspect Ratio : 1.78:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 5.31 x 0.59 x 7.48 inches; 3.35 Ounces
- Media Format : PAL
- Run time : 2 hours and 4 minutes
- Release date : August 27, 2018
- Actors : Lily James, Michiel Huisman, Glen Powell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Matthew Goode
- Subtitles: : English
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Studio : Studiocanal
- ASIN : B07CG7QK59
- Number of discs : 1
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The story takes place on a small green jewel in the English Channel called Guernsey, a chunk of France (along with Jersey and other smaller islands) that was not fully submerged when sea levels rose after the last ice age, creating the channel. The years shown in the film are 1940-42 and 1946 after the war. The German army occupied the island in 1940 and turned it into a fortress, building concrete bunkers, tunnels and ammunition depots, their objective the invasion of mainland Britain, their destiny, they thought, the conquest of Europe and the world, the new Roman Empire in Teutonic form.
Some of the story will now be revealed in this review, so if you prefer to not know these details perhaps stop reading.
Half the native population of 40,000 fled to Britain before the Nazis arrived, mainly women, children, the elderly. Those who stayed on had farms or businesses to deal with. They thought they could endure, bending but not breaking to the Nazi will. Some succeeded. Others collaborated. Some perished. Some even loved. One lover was Elizabeth McKenna, a young woman who loved Christian Helman, a German solider forced to fight, but really just a young man like any other, a farmer from Saxony who was good hearted and peace loving. They were meant for each other and felt it the moment they met. A token of their love was Kit, a cute, blonde, precocious 4-year-old girl left behind by the tide of war, a tide that swept her parents away.
Kit’s grandmother is Amelia, a woman who hates Germany and the Germans for what it and they did to the world and Guernsey, and for what happened to Elizabeth, her only child and daughter, because of the war. She cannot forgive. Instead, her grief survives the war and almost becomes her identity. How could Elizabeth do what she did, loving a German (of all people)? The enemy was clever and insidious, menacing the people not just with guns, bombs and edicts but also love.
Kit’s guardian and protector now is Dawsey Adams, a local pig farmer and book lover. Kit was left with Dawsey when Elizabeth tried to help an islander sought by the Germans. Dawsey said it was too dangerous and tried to stop her. Actions deemed subversive after curfew were suspect and punishable by arrest and imprisonment, or even execution on the spot. But Elizabeth was stubborn, defying both Dawsey and the Germans. She loved Christian but not the German army. She told Dawsey she would return within the hour. She never did. Christian was also later lost at sea, his ship torpedoed. Kit now calls Dawsey “Daddy” because there’s no one else who can answer to the name. He loves her as if she is his own. Emotionally and spiritually she is. Kit means everything to him, and to Amelia, her existence the last link to Amelia’s silent, missing daughter.
Group assemblies of locals were forbidden by the Germans during the occupation. The only exceptions were official societies sanctioned and listed. Dawsey, Amelia and their friends formed their reading circle in an ad hoc, spontaneous way. They were caught out drinking one night after curfew by a German patrol. On the spot they made up the name of their society. Why the odd name? Because they are book lovers, they said, and because potatoes were the only staple left for them to eat because of privations during the war, their livestock and other goods confiscated to feed the German army. So books, potatoes and having each other were the things that allowed them to survive the war. Books were a lifeline to the lost pre-war world, to culture and the wider world. Potatoes were a means of sustenance, even the extremely awful-tasting potato peel pie. And the company of one another bound them together through love, faith and hope, their regular book-reading sessions the highlight of their lives during the occupation.
A stray book found its way into the circle. It was Charles Lamb’s “The Selected Essays of Elia” (1823), and in it was the handwritten name of its owner and her address: Juliet Ashton, resident of London. Juliet was a girl when she owned the book. Now, in 1946, she’s a young woman of about 26. She’s also a successful writer with a publisher and literary agent. She writes children’s books or whimsical ones for grown-ups. Her professional life is dominated by a typewriter and book-reading tours. She loves to write and read but hates to promote. Essentially she’s shy, as bookish people often are. She loves the world of imagination as much as she loves the real world, if not more so. She isn’t solitary. She has her characters, and she’s often happiest with them, not demanding people who want a piece of her.
One day in 1946 a letter from Guernsey arrives in London. Fan mail from one of the Channel Islands? Has her modest literary fame spread that far? Not quite. The letter was not sent to flatter. Composed in innocence, it’s one of curiosity and need. The war devastated many things, including books. Some were deliberately burned, others destroyed accidentally when buildings collapsed. Even now, in 1946, good books are scarce on the island. Dawsey, the letter writer to Juliet, is a local who knows no one in London. In the letter he describes his literary circle and their shortage of books. Juliet’s name and address are a link to a wider literary world, or could be for him. He wonders in the letter if she knows where more books by Charles Lamb might be procured.
Juliet responds in a generous way. She goes to Foyles, the famous London bookstore on or near Charing Cross Road, and buys a book that Dawsey and his circle of friends want to read but do not have and don’t know how to obtain. It is “Tales of Shakespeare” (1807), written for children by Charles Lamb and his sister Mary. Juliet is accidentally rich, a person who set out to write books, not make money. It sounds idealistic and naïve, but it’s real. Her literary agent Sidney deals with the money side — the bookkeeping, marketing, promotions, etc. She can’t be bothered to know, life too short for that sort of stuff. More interesting things abound. So even a small literary society on the island of Guernsey begins to sound interesting to her as the letters between herself and Dawsey accumulate. She is curious. And as fine and precious as the letters may be, firsthand would be better: real people with histories, memories and stories to tell.
Sidney tries to dissuade her. There’s nothing in it, no money, a waste of time, a dead end. The best that can be done is a deal with The London Times for her to write an article about the society. So, a compromise is reached. The latest book tour to the north of England and Scotland will have to wait as she journeys to Guernsey by boat to investigate. Yet journeys often have a life of their own. You think you know where you’re going and want to go there. Points A and B form part of a simple linear progression in your mind. But life isn’t linear. The road has many bends and unseen byways. There is no single destination either because there are many things to arrive at in life, so many things waiting to be discovered. This is what Juliet learns through her journey to Guernsey. She thought she was going there to write about a local literary society. But the stories she discovers there are really stories about her own loves in life, stories about good people and the crises they endure. Like young Kit, Juliet lost her own parents during the war. The London blitz destroyed her life with them. Parallels and sympathies that Juliet discovers on Guernsey will alter the arc of her own story.
Back in London she seemed to have it all: reputation, money, success. She even had a rich American fiancé from New York. He showered material love on her. One such token was a diamond-encrusted engagement ring. It is beautiful. She wears it at first like a queen. But on Guernsey it looks out of place and pretentious. Instead of wearing it on her finger she carries it in a coin purse for safekeeping. Later the American will see this as a sign of rejection. It is, though as yet Juliet doesn’t know it. The act of removing the ring is subconscious. New York? What has it got for her that’s better than Guernsey’s pig farms and local reading circle? Plus Kit is here on Guernsey, and so is Dawsey, Amelia and their friends. So are the memories of Elizabeth and what she deeply meant to all who knew her. What can New York and a diamond ring have to do with any of this?
I found the story sweet, lovely, touching. But that’s down to my weakness for beautiful things. There’s always sentiment in beauty because beauty is a feeling, not an object. It’s how we feel that matters, not what we regard as beautiful. The thing itself, the diamond ring or whatever, is just a reminder or signifier of that feeling. The love inside you makes beautiful the things you love. This is what Juliet learned on Guernsey. The dead end, the road to nowhere she was warned about, turned out instead to be the road to everything for her.
Street names were wrong and not in French . The scene where the German soldiers were marching was not cobbled or anything like the high street in Guernsey. The other scene that offended me was the boat coming into harbour nothing like the beauty of the harbour at St Peter Port Guernsey. The maker of the film has been overwhelmed by its success , pity they had not spent more money and filmed it in its true location.