Another Mother's Son (2017)
Critic Reviews for Another Mother's Son
Though one or two of the details of what follows don't ring entirely true, Another Mother's Son, directed by Christopher Menaul, succeeds admirably in its depiction of life on Jersey under the Nazis.
... 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.
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