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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

  • Drama
  • Romance
  • 2018
  • Mike Newell
  • 118 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Period romantic drama starring Lily James and Michiel Huisman. In postwar London, struggling novelist Juliet Ashton takes up an invitation from Dawsey, a Guernsey farmer, to visit the island. As their mutual attraction grows, she finds out about a literary society that met clandestinely while Guernsey was occupied by the Nazis and uncovers their remarkable secret.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Baking a pie filled only with scraps of potato skins becomes an emblem of the privations suffered by those living under the Nazi occupation of Guernsey in this period drama with a dash of romance. Events are approached from the postwar perspective of Lily James's London-based writer, who is given inspiration by a chance letter from a Guernsey farmer (handsome Dutch actor Michiel Huisman). He helped form the eponymous literary society during the war as a way of circumventing the invaders' curfew, and when James travels to the island, the various members help her piece together a saga of courage and suffering - putting her own forthcoming nuptials in jeopardy the longer she stays on. James and Huisman's love interest is somewhat telegraphed, and the whole story offers a rather roundabout way of tackling an under-explored episode of wartime history. However, the handsome period design and likeable performers ensure it remains modestly engrossing, with Penelope Wilton offering by far the sharpest contribution as a grieving widow.

Credits

Cast

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Juliet AshtonLily James
Dawsey AdamsMichiel Huisman
Mark ReynoldsGlen Powell
Elizabeth McKennaJessica Brown Findlay
Eben RamseyTom Courtenay
Amelia MaugeryPenelope Wilton
Isola PribbyKatherine Parkinson
Sidney StarkMatthew Goode

Crew

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DirectorMike Newell

Details

Theatrical distributor
Studio Canal
Released on
2018-04-20
Languages
English | German | French
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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