Hello movie fans!
The trailer had already awakened my attention so today I decided to see Testament of Youth at the movie theater and I don’t regret my choice. Here is my review of this beautiful movie, enjoy!
Testament of Youth is a British historical drama directed by James Kent with Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Hayley Hatwell, Emily Watson, Dominic West and Colin Morgan. The movie is based on the autobiographical novel of Vera Brittain and was released since September 23, 2015, in France.
What’s the story? Spring 1914. Young feminist woman with a rebellious spirit, Vera Brittain is determined to pass the entrance exams at Oxford, despite the hostility of her conservative parents. Determined to become a writer, she is encouraged and supported by her little brother and his group of friends, especially by the brilliant Roland Leighton with whom she falls in love.
But Vera’s dreams shatter when England goes to war and all young men engage in the army. She gives up writing and studies to become a nurse. While the young woman approaches increasingly the war front, she assists desperately to the collapse of her world…
As you can imagine, Testament of Youth is not a happy story but this doesn’t prevent the film to shine. The fact that it is based on a true story makes it even more powerful and heartbreaking. The pair of star-crossed lovers fills the screen. Alicia Vikander is excellent in her role of brave young woman, nonconformist and idealist. And Kit Harington plays perfectly his part of brilliant young man eager to volunteer and serve his country. The relationship between Vera and her brother Edward is also very touching.
The film takes us into another era. At the beginning, we discover the joys and delights of the English countryside, the birth of a love triangle and the carelessness of the bourgeois youth of the early twentieth century. If you have a romantic soul, you will succumb to the growing obsolete romance between Vera and Roland who must use a thousand tricks to escape the supervision of Vera’s chaperone!
When war breaks out, we can only admire the courage of these men of 18 years old, so young, full of passion and ready to die for their country. Vera also fights in her own way: first to pass the entrance exam at Oxford, then when she doesn’t hesitate to give up everything to enlist in the army as a nurse. I like this heroine with character who doesn’t hesitate to follow her dreams and passions, and ready for anything to save the people she love.
Testament of Youth is a beautiful historical film that shows the ravages of World War I in England, the power of love despite the distance, brotherly love and the struggle of a young, determined and strong woman ready to fight to get her place in a still conservative and sexist world. I highly recommend you to go and see it!
Have a nice evening, see you tomorrow 🙂