Another Mother's Son

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Jersey, 1942. As Hitler strengthens his grip on Western Europe, The Channel Islands fall into occupied hands. Used by the Germans as a base where prisoners of war are put to work in slave labour camps, the residents of Jersey face a future of uncertainty and fear which frays tempers and tests loyalties among the tight-knit island community. One such resident is Louisa Gould (Jenny Seagrove), who refuses to give up hope for the island she holds so dear, for her sons fighting abroad and for a rescue by Churchill's forces that never seems to materialise. When a Russian soldier called Feodor (Julian Kostov) escapes the labour camps, seeking shelter, Lou realises she can't simply hand him back. Alongside her sister Ivy (Amanda Abbington), brother Harold (Ronan Keating) and the village postmaster Arthur (John Hannah), Lou decides to harbour the fugitive, striking up a bond with the young, intelligent man she calls Bill for short, whom she soon treats as her own. As rations on the island become scarcer and tensions rise among the inhabitants, Lou's defiant attitude and cavalier approach to hiding the fugitive in plain sight arouses suspicion from the Nazis and distrust among her neighbours. Facing the prospect of capture and deportation to Germany, Lou plays a dangerous game of cat and mouse to keep Bill safe from harm, refusing to believe that the wider community will betray her. In doing so, she risks paying the ultimate sacrifice for her duty to her friends and a young man caught up in the horror of war...


Critic Reviews for Another Mother's Son

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  • At first, there is a bit of a familiar taste to this true-life wartime tale. But it becomes something tougher.

    Mar 24, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Although the script tackles the dilemmas of resistance and collaboration, it never rises above the level of a television movie.

    Mar 23, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Ed Potton

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • Jenny Seagrove's unglamorous, passionate performance creates a courageous, stubborn woman, brusque at times but full of love, and the centre of close family relationships.

    Nov 18, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Feb 16, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • ... a modest, timely and mostly admirable film that tells an astonishing story of heroism, as though that heroism was nothing special.

    Oct 11, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The sets and costuming are era-appropriate, but director Christopher Menaul's no-frills approach usually boils down to 'point cameras at actors'.

    Oct 5, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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