Testament Of Youth (2015)
Critic Consensus: Testament of Youth is well-acted and beautifully filmed, adding up to an enriching if not adventurous experience for fans of British period dramas.
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as Vera Brittain
as Roland Leighton
as Mr. Brittain
as Mrs. Brittain
as Edward Brittain
as Victor Richardson
as Miss Lorimer
as Mrs. Britain
as Mrs. Leighton
as Geoffrey Thurlow
as Winifred Holtby
as Aunt Belle
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Critic Reviews for Testament Of Youth
Somehow, Vikander sells it all, not with braying and big gestures, but with vulnerability, sincerity and the sort of ethereal realness that can't be quantified. More, please, more.
Though the movie at times feels oddly unfinished (you wonder what Miranda Richardson, in a tiny role as an Oxford professor, is there for), it's artful and moving.
As a story, it evokes a word that no battlefield nurse would ever apply to her experiences: sterile.
Testament of Youth isn't a typical biopic; it's a heartfelt manual on forging ahead.
In what is a well-acted but fairly typical prestige period drama, it's Vikander's nuanced performance as the resolute but still-vulnerable Vera who gives the film its depth.
Audience Reviews for Testament Of Youth
Based on the acclaimed novel, Testament of Youth is a provocative war drama that follows the experiences of Vera Brittain. After the breakout of World War I both her boyfriend and her brother enlist in England's army, and before long Vera herself feels the call to serve and drops out of university in order to be a voluntary nurse as part of England's war effort. Alicia Vikander gives an excellent performance that's quite impassioned, really capturing the character's struggles. The sets and costumes are also remarkably well-done, giving an authentic look and feel for the time period. However, there are some awkwardly inserted poetry scenes that don't really flow with the realistic tone of the film. And, the message is rather understated for such an influential novel. Yet Testament of Youth is a powerful film, and does an excellent job at portraying the unglamorous realities of war.
Absolutely loved this movie - have re-watched it several times. This is not your flashy, action-packed film. Rather, it is subtle, thoughtful, and - ultimately - hauntingly heart-wrenching. The characters recite poetry. Well, I found the whole movie poetic. The acting was excellent and Alicia Vikander - who I'd never heard of before I saw this - blew me away. She didn't overact where the situation might have made that tolerable. Rather, her understated, restrained portrayal touched me more than garish histrionics ever would have. The rest of the cast was excellent as well and I really loved the use of dialogue, cinematography, and music throughout the film, all serving to heighten the underlying, powerful emotions that the characters experience. I am really surprised this movie didn't get more press. For me, it was my hands-down favorite movie of 2015.
By necessity of source the film is structurally a little episodic, but otherwise I can't find fault in this powerful, stirring true story. The committed performances of Kit Harington and especially lead Alicia Vikander are perfect. A truly underrated film.
Testament Of Youth Quotes
|Roland Leighton:||Does it get any better than cake?|
|Vera Brittain:||They'll want to forget you. They'll want me to forget. But I can't. I won't. This is my promise to you now. All of you.|
|Miss Lorimer:||You don't own the truth about how we get through this, Miss Brittain. Your opinion is just that, an opinion, and you'd do well to remember it.|
|Vera Brittain:||I'm sorry. I didn't mean to be harsh.|
|Roland Leighton:||I've let you down.|
|Roland Leighton:||Now it's here, I have a dust and ashes feeling about it.|
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