Another Mother's Son (2017)
Critic Reviews for Another Mother's Son
... a modest, timely and mostly admirable film that tells an astonishing story of heroism, as though that heroism was nothing special.
The sets and costuming are era-appropriate, but director Christopher Menaul's no-frills approach usually boils down to 'point cameras at actors'.
The little-known true story of Louisa Gould, a widow who sheltered a Russian POW in Nazi-occupied Jersey, has all the ingredients for a poignant and uplifting film, yet it's a lacklustre piece that would have been better as a TV drama.
This is a story absolutely worth telling, the closing captions leaving us in no doubt about the heroism of average Channel Islanders during those darkest of hours.
At first, there is a bit of a familiar taste to this true-life wartime tale. But it becomes something tougher.
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