Set in occupied France, this epic Second World War romantic drama sees married Frenchwoman Michelle Williams fall for occupying German solider Matthias Schoenaerts, even though her husband is a PoW. It’s a passionate and moving tale, with a fantastic turn from Kristin Scott Thomas as Williams’s disapproving mother-in-law.
An older and stiffer Liam Neeson reunites with his Unknown and Non-Stop director, Jaume Collet-Sera, for more of the same deadpan action. It’s a successful episode in Neeson’s hard-man movie career, with emotion behind the fisticuffs and a fine supporting cast that includes Ed Harris and Vincent D’Onofrio.
Asa Butterfield (Hugo) gives a charming performance here as an autistic teenager with a gift for maths. He attends a competition in China where he finds his fish-out-of-water status enables him to make the emotional connections he’s been missing.