Another Mother's Son | Jenny Seagrove defies the Nazis in this true tale of wartime pluck

Another Mother's Son Jenny Seagrove Louisa Gould
(Image credit: © Vertigo Films.)

Another Mother's Son Jenny Seagrove Louisa Gould

Wartime heroism, minus the bravado.

Set on Jersey during the German occupation of the Channel Islands, wartime drama Another Mother's Son is a tale of real-life heroism that has no truck with melodramatic bravado. Yet the film’s low-key approach turns out to be quite stirring all the same.

Jenny Seagrove brims with humane decency and defiant resolve as shopkeeper Louisa Gould, who shelters a young Russian prisoner (Julian Kostov) for two years after he escapes from a slave labour camp on the island, while John Hannah, Amanda Abbington and Ronan Keaton display similar pluck as the family members who aid her.

The script and direction are a tad too close to Sunday-night telly. But Louisa’s sober exploits prove increasingly gripping as the story wears on. The film is very good, too, at showing how resentful neighbours in a claustrophobic community such as this can ultimately be as dangerous as jackbooted Nazis.

Certificate 12A. Runtime 103 mins. Director Christopher Menaul

Another Mother's Son available on DVD & Digital HD from Signature Entertainment.

Jason Best

A film critic for over 25 years, Jason admits the job can occasionally be glamorous – sitting on a film festival jury in Portugal; hanging out with Baz Luhrmann at the Chateau Marmont; chatting with Sigourney Weaver about The Archers – but he mostly spends his time in darkened rooms watching films. He’s also written theatre and opera reviews, two guide books on Rome, and competed in a race for Yachting World, whose great wheeze it was to send a seasick film critic to write about his time on the ocean waves. But Jason is happiest on dry land with a classic screwball comedy or Hitchcock thriller.