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Charlotte Gray (2001)

In Amazing, based on novel, film, period drama, Recommendation, romantic, war on 15/09/2011 at 6:36 pm

It’s WWII and the Scottish Charlotte Gray (Cate Blanchett) falls desperately in love with a destined war hero: RAF pilot Peter Gregory (Rupert Penry-Jones) – who then disappears somewhere in France. She decides to join a secret resistance movement in order to go find him – and thus the real adventure begins.

This adaptation of the 1999 Sebastian Faulks novel is a perfect Saturday night in war-spy-thriller-romance. Besides the given that Cate Blanchett can do little wrong in my eyes (well, apart from that dreadful production Babel) and everyone is wearing clothes I desperately want to have / make all men around me wear, this film is probably my best school example of a Very Good Story. It pleasantly mixes all the ingredients that make stories interesting: danger, hope, love, desperation, deceit, moral and courage – and then asks why individuals even bother to risk their lives for others in wars.

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