Testament of Youth

Testament of Youth

Testament of Youth

Alicia Vikander (A Royal Affair) is Vera Brittain in this historical drama based on her autobiography, recalling her experience as a woman coming of age during World War I. Co-stars Kit Harington (Pompeii), Hayley Atwell (The Duchess), Dominic West (300) and Oscar-nominee Emily Watson (War Horse).

2014Rating: M, War themes, death and bloody injury129 minsUK
DramaTrue Story & BiographyWarHistorical

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Flicks, Matt Glasby

Flicks, Matt Glasby

Vera Brittain was an English writer who grew up in the shadow of World War I, challenging the sexism of the times to study at Oxford University, serve her country as a nurse, and publish this eponymous memoir in 1933. Sifting through her story, the biggest question is why hasn’t Testament been filmed before (besides a 1979 BBC adaptation)? It’s an all-too-rare view of war from a female perspective, with fabulous potential for its lead actor, in this case Alice Vikander (replacing Saoirse Ronan, who dropped out at the last minute). Then it becomes clear.

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Variety

Variety

Kent presents the female experience of war with crisp, tactile practicality...

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Total Film

Total Film

This mostly avoids the traps of dull, dutiful heritage cinema.

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Time Out

Time Out

A beautifully acted but disappointingly stiff period drama.

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The Times

The Times

Traditional, heartfelt and stirring in all the right ways, the film feels as though it is the natural successor to the war romances of Powell and Pressburger.

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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

As a film, Testament of Youth glimmers with sadness, but also the apprehension of sadness: we know not all of these boys are coming back.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

An elegantly sustained balance between intimacy and historical scope...

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Kent's craft and Vikander's exquisite talent will ensure that the author's memories live in the minds of a fresh generation...

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