Director: Lone Scherfig
Writer: Gaby Chiappe
Based on: Lissa Evans‘ novel Their Finest Hour and a Half
Cast: Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy, Richard E. Grant, Henry Goodman, Rachael Stirling, Jack Huston, Amanda Root, Eddie Marsan, Helen McCrory, Jeremy Irons
Seen on: 19.7.2017
It’s the middle of World War II, times are tough and Catrin (Gemma Arterton) needs a job as her husband Ellis (Jack Huston), an artist, doesn’t make enough money to keep them afloat. She gets hired as a scriptwriter for propaganda films and quickly gets saddled with the task of writing the supposedly unimportant women’s dialogue. When she hears about a story about two young women who participated in the Dunkirk evacuation, she brings the idea for an entire film – which makes her co-author to Tom (Sam Claflin) and handler to the aging star Ambrose (Bill Nighy).
Their Finest is a beautiful, fantastic film that touches on many things, but most of all it pulls on heartstrings in the perfect way.
Their Finest is a film about filmmaking that focuses on the slightly ridiculous and fun side of things more than the artistic side of it, which makes it super funny.
Their Finest is a film about a difficult love in times of war, making it super romantic and touching and emotional. I dare you not to shed a tear when you watch it.
Their Finest is a feminist film that looks at controling me and finding your own strength. It has wonderful dialogue like “Maybe I shouldn’t have painted you walking away.” – “Maybe you shouldn’t have made me so damn small.” And it ends with women sticking together.
All of these things are great. Especially when you have a great cast and the film does. Gemma Arterton is always fantastic (as she proves over and over again), but the entire cast here – down to the last person – is really great and perfectly chosen for their roles.
I really don’t understand why this film got practically no advertising here in Austria and if that meant you missed it, I can only recommend that you track it down right away and watch it. Because it was beautiful and wonderful and should be seen.