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British theatre director Jessica Swale makes her feature film debut with a picturesque romantic drama set during WWII. The UK’s Gemma Arterton and Gugu Mbatha-Raw are luminous as former lovers, while Brighton-based cinematographer Laurie Rose films the Kentish coast in crisp, uplifting colours, in a charming and fanciful affair.

Directors

  • Jessica Swale

Writers

  • Jessica Swale

Cast

  • Gugu Mbatha-Raw
  • Gemma Arterton
  • Penelope Wilton

Synopsis

As World War Two rages on, a reclusive academic (Gemma Arterton) residing on the English coast finds her life disrupted when a young evacuee from the London Blitz is left in her care. At first resistant, she eventually forms a bond with the boy, who teaches her courage and compassion.