The Guernsey Literature and Potato Peel Pie Society is an absolutely charming love story.
It is set just after WWII in London and on the Channel isle of Guernsey, with flash backs to the German occupation period.
Featuring a plethora of fine British/Dutch/American acting talent, the story is told at a gentle pace, focusing on the tensions caused between natives and occupiers and the after effects in peacetime.
The story arrives at its inevitable and predictable conclusion, which is nonetheless, very satisfying.
Lily James gives a warm and believable portrayal, which leads the story. She plays a young author and survivor of the London Blitz, struggling at times with PTSD.
The story could have degenerated into a sentimental tale but avoids this fate with careful measures of humour and grit to balance the sugar.
My only regret about the film is that it was not shot on the island. Due to financial reasons, it was filmed in the beautiful county of Devon. Anybody expecting to see lovely St Peter Port will have to settle for a very different English fishing village. That is a minor point, but a distraction if you know the locations.
I recommend this for anybody with a love of our history and the tradition of British filmmaking.
At the time of writing, this film is showing at the Odeon for this week, and will undoubtedly moves to the Silverscreen performances in a few weeks.
I award it 4 out of five stars.