Private Peaceful (2014)

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Critic Consensus: Private Peaceful's deliberate pace will test the patience of many viewers, but its lush visuals and moving screenplay may offer sufficient compensation.


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Private Peaceful tells the story of two devoted brothers who struggle through a harsh childhood and adolescence in rural Devon, England, before enlisting in the military for the First World War. They experience the brutal realities of the trenches and the killing fields of Flanders, and are forced to make life-altering choices in order to remain loyal to each other through the dehumanizing reality of this unprecedented war. (C) BBC Worldwide

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
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On DVD: Mar 2, 2015
Runtime:
BBC Worldwide - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Private Peaceful

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (6)

Melancholy runs deep in "Private Peaceful," a richly appointed British period piece about fraternal loyalty adapted from the book of the same name by "War Horse" author Michael Morpurgo.

Full Review… | October 31, 2014
Los Angeles Times
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A World War I fable that's as stiff as an Eton collar and as plodding as a draft horse.

Full Review… | October 30, 2014
New York Times
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A long, long, trail a-winding, to be sure. But fans of PBS, history and a certain kind of old-fashioned moviemaking may fall in.

Full Review… | October 30, 2014
New York Daily News
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O'Connor captures all the beauty of these rural childhoods without skimping on the harsh realities of 20th-century feudalism.

Full Review… | October 28, 2014
Village Voice
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O'Connor shows his old-school expertise in the charming country childhood sequences, where the film feels most individual and alive.

Full Review… | October 11, 2012
Time Out
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It's an earnest interpretation of familiar themes.

Full Review… | October 31, 2014
Cinemalogue.com

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