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 (opens in new tab), 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.
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.
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