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Their Finest – (dir. Lone Scherfig)
West Mall 7 Theatres – Doors Open 6:00pm – Film Begins 6:30pm
TRT: 117 min
Rating: R for some language and a scene of sexuality.
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Drama
Starring: Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy.
Film Summary From Manohla Dargis New York Times:
“Love and laughter flow so naturally in “Their Finest” that it is almost (almost) easy to forget there’s a war on. An unalloyed charmer, the movie tells a story of familiar British grit and resolve during World War II from an attractively different angle: that of an advertising copywriter, Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton), who’s recruited by the government to join the film industry. Britain wants the United States to enter the war, and has decided cinematic propaganda is the way it can persuade the movie-mad Yanks to sign up. The world is facing a historic catastrophe, after all; but for this ambitious young woman it’s also a bittersweet opportunity.
It’s the latest addition to an appealing British subgenre: the home-front story that reminds you that among grim air raids and explosions, people also just lived their lives, sometimes with laughter and unexpected new freedoms, as in John Boorman’s 1987 autobiographical film, “Hope and Glory,” about childhood during the Blitz. The director of “Their Finest,” Lone Scherfig, is Danish (her breakthrough was “Italian for Beginners”), but she has carved out a curious niche making British period stories, most notably “An Education.” She has fine timing and wit — the behind-the-scenes filmmaking sections in “Their Finest” are delightful, note-perfect sendups — and while her visuals tend to be overly buffed, she’s more ambitious with her performers, who retain their rough, human edges.”
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