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A Film Diary

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Watched: 24 October

A well-meaning if rather dull tale – based on real life events – of a Berlin couple who responded to their son’s death on the battlefield during the Second World War by leaving hand-written anti-Nazi propaganda postcards around their city, infuriating the Reich. There’s some jeopardy as the net begins to close on the two characters – played very well by Brendan Gleeson and Emma Thompson – but not enough to sustain thrills; it’s a curious, plodding film that I guess some people may find rather classy (Daniel Brühl joins the two stars, Alexandre Desplat provides the score, wartime Berlin is creatively recreated and there are a few nice images), but it wasn’t for me. (**)

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