This is another British period drama carrying the BBC Films and other respected logos.
It has all the cinematic beauty that you could wish for, ranging from middle class England to the coffee plantations of the African rift. The cars and costumes are sumptuous. The script is delivered like butter on a warm crumpet. The acting, by many of our finest younger stars, is convincing.
You are made to feel the heartbreak and pain of the protagonists and supporting cast. Delicious.
The story weaves the struggles of a whole family in a battle with Polio, a once common but now thankfully almost eradicated disease. As it reaches its inevitable conclusion, we can reflect on the benefits to the whole world from that family’s troubles. This converts a tragedy into a victory worthy of recording in this film.
This film is the debut for Andy Serkis as a director, boding well for his future projects.
A very solid 5 out of five stars.