Their Finest

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(R) Age 15+ Sparkling WWII drama of­fers dif­fer­ent take on toll of war.

“Their Finest” is a drama set in World War II Great Bri­tain about the pro­duc­tion of a pa­tri­otic movie meant to raise spir­its on the home front. There’s plenty of hu­mor, but many more mo­ments of mourn­ful­ness and long­ing re­lated to the strain of liv­ing un­der con­stant siege from the Ger­mans’ re­lent­less Blitz. The vi­o­lent toll of war is shown in ev­ery­day en­coun­ters/ex­pe­ri­ences — such as when a woman hap­pens upon a fel­low Lon­doner dead on the street af­ter yet an­other ex­plo­sion. There’s also oc­ca­sional swear­ing (“bloody,” “ass” and “f---”), a brief flash of nu­dity dur­ing a sex scene (a woman’s breasts are vis­i­ble) and drink­ing and pe­riod-ac­cu­rate smok­ing. With courage as a clear theme, the movie praises the sig­nif­i­cant role of women dur­ing World War II, with the main char­ac­ter (played by Gemma Arter­ton) dis­cov­er­ing un­tapped in­ner strength and a true tal­ent for writ­ing. (117 min­utes)

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