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Testament of Youth

  • Drama
  • History
  • 2014
  • James Kent
  • 124 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Period biographical drama based on the memoirs of Vera Brittain, starring Alicia Vikander and Kit Harington. Spring, 1914: free-spirited Vera Brittain is determined to study at Oxford and become a writer despite her parents' opposition. But when war is declared later that year, her hopes are dashed as her brother Edward and his friend Roland Leighton enlist. Vera decides to volunteer to become a nurse and before long, she is heading to the Front.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

The futility of war is explored from a female perspective in this moving period drama based on the memoir by Vera Brittain (mother of pioneering politician Shirley Williams). Alicia Vikander stars as Brittain, whose dream of becoming a writer is crushed by the outbreak of the First World War. When her dashing fiancé (Kit Harington) volunteers to join the fight, she decides to postpone her studies and serve as a voluntary aid detachment nurse. The feature debut of documentarian James Kent is beautifully shot and features a dazzling supporting cast including Emily Watson, Miranda Richardson and Dominic West. But it's the hugely engaging Vikander who makes it so watchable.

Credits

Cast

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Vera BrittainAlicia Vikander
Roland LeightonKit Harington
Edward BrittainTaron Egerton
Mrs BrittainEmily Watson
Hope MilroyHayley Atwell
Victor RichardsonColin Morgan
Mr BrittainDominic West
Aunt BelleJoanna Scanlan
Miss LorimerMiranda Richardson
Winifred HoltbyAlexandra Roach
Mrs LeightonAnna Chancellor
BettyCharlotte Hope

Crew

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DirectorJames Kent

Details

Theatrical distributor
Lionsgate
Released on
2015-01-16
Languages
English | German
Guidance
Violence.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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