Testament of Youth

Testament of Youth

DVD - 2015
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A powerful story of love, war and remembrance, based on the First World War memoir by Vera Brittain, which has become the classic testimony of that war from a woman's point of view. A searing journey from youthful hopes and dreams to the edge of despair and back again, a film about young love, the futility of war and how to make sense of the darkest times.

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JD1992
Oct 22, 2018

Sad, but beautifully done. One of my favourite movies.

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theredcrest
Sep 10, 2018

A movie worth seeing. It has a very in depth look at war that is not often seen. This is told to us from a first hand account. Excellent acting and beautifully shot. A definite must see.

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Shellie1_us
Aug 25, 2018

WW1 was a more horrible war for the soldiers due to the use of poison gases that killed most often slowly and terribly. This is beautifully filmed, and the actors do well to convey their transformation from being thrilled to join the honorable fight against the Hun, to the object horror of the death and destruction all around them. The movie shows how they were ill prepared for trench warfare.The writer was a strong woman to go into nursing at the front. She lost so many close to her, I can understand her pacifist work later.

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erinsnest
Jul 04, 2018

April/May 2018.....I read the book first, it wasn't an easy read for me ....however the subject and story was worth it. Gives me a bit of insight into what my grandfather went through in that war, and also what my grandmother might have dealt with as a nurse in that war. Now I can see why when he was nasty, she called him "the poor dear"! (He wasn't nasty to his grandchildren at all, but he expected much from his children, and was overly critical, according to my aunt and a letter my dad wrote to my mom when they were dating, in which he said his father thought him useless, not something I found my dad to be at all!)

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MartineVK
Aug 08, 2017

Poorly scripted, poorly directed. Emphasis on prettiness. It's obvious both in speech and manner that the leading lady isn't even English. Which mattes as Vera Brittain was a famous Englishwoman, whose daughter went on to be a famous and influential politician. I think this film was meant to appeal to teenagers, such is the emphasis on attractive but dull leading players, and the over the top décor of the Brittain household. I don't mind slow-moving dramas as long as there are interesting characters and dialogue, but this moves slowly and nothing happens but emoting.

Proper British actors are given small parts. I wish we had seen more of them and less of the boring, pretty emoters.

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RescueDog
Jul 01, 2017

Hard to like this film since it deals with such a horrible time of history.

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sunnyfeline
May 31, 2017

Good but bittersweet film set during WWI based on a memoir by author Vera Brittan.

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roystreet
May 17, 2017

Commentary by director and Kit Harrington is also well worth watching.

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MichelleinBallard
Mar 18, 2017

The cast and especially Alicia Vikander (as Vera Brittain) put in stellar performances in this compelling wartime drama. The film is also interspersed with a few bits of beautiful poetry.

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Janice21383
Feb 22, 2017

It's interesting that many commentators find Testament of Youth slow and boring, though in fact it is a gallop through Vera Brittain's wrenching and complex autobiography. Why? Partly because two hours and ten minutes is probably not enough time (often a longer film can feel shorter). The script is basic, plays up the romance, and plays down the brutality -- in the commentary track, the director admits the target audience is Kit Harrington's "mother", whomever that might be. He also says Vera's character was somewhat changed, because "it's so important to like her." Despite some moving scenes and performances, especially by Alicia Vikander, who resists a too-sweet interpretation of Miss Brittain, maybe that's what off about the film. It's somewhat compromised and passionless. But then, many commentators think Testament is wonderful. Maybe the director was right.

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carleighfuller
Aug 23, 2016

carleighfuller thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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