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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Direction: Mike Newell

Year: 2018

Duration: 124 min.

Country: UK

Script: Thomas Bezucha, Don Roos. Novel: Annie Barrows, Mary Ann Shaffer

Distribution: Lily James, Michiel Huisman, Glen Powell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Matthew Goode, Tom Courtenay, Penelope Wilton, Tim Ingall, Katherine Parkinson, Kit Connor, Dilyana Bouklieva, Andy Gathergood, Marek Oravec

Genre: Drama.

Music: Alexandra Harwood

Photography: Zac Nicholson

Producer: Blueprint Pictures, Paula Mazur, Mazur / Kaplan Company. Distributor: Netflix

Distributor in Spain : A Contracorriente Films

Original version: English with Spanish subtitles.

SYNOPSIS

 As the city of London begins to recover after World War II, young writer Juliet Ashton seeks the plot for her next book. One day he receives a letter from a stranger in which he introduces him to a curious book club: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Intrigued by these eccentric characters, Juliet decides to travel to this small island, not knowing that she will find much more than a great story.

THE CRITICISM

“the whole plot revolves around literature and how books become one of the most precious havens when everything around you falls apart”

– “Romantic melodrama with touches of humor directed by Mike Newell that adapts a novel written by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows”

– “The film is purely British, its atmosphere, the theme, the photography, the performances …”

– “It is set in the second half of the 1940s, in a period in which normality gradually recovered after the end of the Second World War”

 

– “The story offers a plot that mixes literature, the past, friendship, war and its aftermath, a romance … whose action takes place in Guernsey, a small British island in the English Channel”

 – “The protagonist is Juliet Ashton (Lily James) a young successful writer who lives in London”

– “She is outgoing and independent; her editor is her best friend and she has an American boyfriend who proposes to her.”

– “His life goes smoothly. The turn occurs when he exchanges correspondence with a group of people who form the literary society and the potato cake of Guernsey, an island that was invaded by Nazi Germany during the war.”

 – “The writer decides to pay them a visit. Upon arriving on the island, she meets an attractive and good-natured farmer, Dawsey Adams (Michiel Huisman), and a dark story that no one has just told her, which sparks her interest. From that moment on everything is predictable, with the protagonist discovering the secret that they all hide “

 – “The film is a portrait of what the Second World War meant on the small island and how in the end literature becomes the saving refuge, in the catharsis necessary to find comfort and inner peace”

Next screening: November 11, 2021

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