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Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - MOVIES - Now show­ing State and Vil­lage ( East­lands only) cine­mas

DECADES af­ter the ces­sa­tion of hos­til­i­ties in World War II, a Bri­tish re­turned ser­vice­man dis­cov­ers the where­abouts of the Ja­panese sol­dier who bru­tally tor­tured him on a daily ba­sis. With full ap­proval of his friends and the sup­port of a lov­ing wife, this haunted sur­vivor trav­els half­way around the world to kill the man who al­most killed him. If you were un­aware, The Rail­way Man was based on a true story, you could eas­ily write the whole thing off as only- in- the- movies hokum. It most cer­tainly is not. Eric Lo­max chron­i­cled his re­mark­able per­sonal odyssey in a mov­ing mem­oir, which took out sev­eral literary prizes in the 1990s. De­spite the tor­rid ex­pe­ri­ence ahead, The Rail­way Man never re­leases its grip on the viewer. Colin Firth is mag­nifi cent as Lo­max, in an un­showy, some­times even un­lik­able, per­for­mance that does jus­tice to the confl icted per­son he is play­ing. The sup­port Firth re­ceives from Ni­cole Kid­man ( as wife Pat­tie) and Stel­lan Skars­gard ( as Lo­max’s life­long men­tor and confi dante) are also of cru­cial im­por­tance.

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