In which Emily compares two recent British period dramas focusing on women in war: Testament of Youth, a coming-of-age tale based on Vera Brittain’s memoir of the First World War, and Suite Française which explores the illicit affair between a married French woman and a Nazi officer during the French occupation.
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Watch “Elinor and Marianne Take Barton”, an updated online adaptation of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility.
Testament of Youth (2014)
Director: James Kent
Writer: Juliette Towhidi
Production Companies: BBC Films, Heyday Films
Main cast: Alicia Vikander (Vera Brittain), Kit Harington (Roland Leighton), Emily Watson (Mrs Brittain), Hayley Atwell (Hope), Colin Morgan (Victor Richardson), Taron Egerton (Edward Brittain), Anna Chancellor (Mrs Leighton), Dominic West (Mr Brittain), Miranda Richardson (Miss Lorimer).
Suite Française (2015)
Director: Saul Dibb
Writers: Matt Charman and Saul Dibb
Production Companies: TF1 Productions, Alliance Films, Qwerty Films, Scope Films
Main cast: Michelle Williams (Lucile Angellier), Kristin Scott-Thomas (Madame Angellier), Matthias Schoenaerts (Lieutenant Bruno von Falk), Ruth Wilson (Madeline Labarie), Sam Riley (Benoit Labarie), Lambert Wilson (Viscount de Montmort), Harriet Wilson (Viscontess de Montmort), Margot Robbie (Celine Joseph).
Watch my review of Sense and Sensibility (1995) here.
Read my review of Testament of Youth (2014) here.