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[An] unguarded tenderness makes The War Bride so heartbreakingly stirring even after multiple viewings...
If The War Bride sounds like Mills & Boon on the prairies, it's not far off that well-rutted track of sentimental romances in which moral foundation-garments give protection from any serious loosening of convention.
AKA: The War Bride: Very nice movie. A touching story about a war bride, and her attempt to fit into her new husband's not so welcoming family, and town. Well written, well acted, interesting, funny, and rather touching. Made for tv-ish.
A strong 3 1/2. Four for the story and 3 for the production. Ms. Friel (Lilly) gives a strong performance as a young woman torn from the life she knew in war-time London for the relative safety of western Canada. What she didn't bargain for was the cold reception she received from her in-laws and most of the townspeople. A full range of emotions was evoked in this viewer by the selfless way that Lilly finally found acceptance in her new home and helped to bring healing to her war-damaged husband when he returned. I'll give it the benefit of the doubt over the small problems I had with the overall acting and am willing to chalk the sparseness of the sets up to the bleak landscape. A few loose ends were never resolved, but the main story was a basic, feel-good, love conquers all, romantic tale. Molly Parker turned in a brave performance as the flawed sister and Brenda Fricker, as the mother, has to be related to Colm Meaney. They look enough alike to be siblings!
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