Testament of Youth

Testament of Youth

Testament of Youth

Alicia Vikander (A Royal Affair) is Vera Brittain in this historical drama based on her autobiography, recalling her experience as a woman coming of age during World War I. Co-stars Kit Harington (Pompeii), Hayley Atwell (The Duchess), Dominic West (300) and Oscar-nominee Emily Watson (War Horse).

2014Rating: M, Content may disturb129 minsUK
DramaTrue Story & BiographyWarHistorical
88%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Testament of War

A sobering reminder of the cost of war for the devastated families left behind. A truly tour de force turn from Vikander and Harington steps bravely out of the shadow of Jon Snow in a fantastic performance.

4.0
0

Eponymous?

Given that the name of the memoir/film is Testament of Youth, in what way is is eponymous?

0

British only

Not as feminism as it might seem to be. Just very british and vintage.

3.0
0

Well acted and sustained war story from a different perspective

Well acted and sustained war story from a different perspective. less on the act of war and more on the personal trails that arise, this time from the perspective of the young.

4.0
0

How my uncle died

I agree with much of Matt Glasby's review. Apart from Vera, the other characters did not have a lot of depth. However, cinematically much of the film deepened my understanding of fighting on the Western Front, In 1917 my uncle was wounded by shrapnel from a German shell at Messines. His death six hours later would have been at a filthy, overcrowded dressing...

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Kent presents the female experience of war with crisp, tactile practicality...

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

This mostly avoids the traps of dull, dutiful heritage cinema.

4.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

A beautifully acted but disappointingly stiff period drama.

3.0
0
The Times

The Times

press

Traditional, heartfelt and stirring in all the right ways, the film feels as though it is the natural successor to the war romances of Powell and Pressburger.

4.0
0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

As a film, Testament of Youth glimmers with sadness, but also the apprehension of sadness: we know not all of these boys are coming back.

4.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

An elegantly sustained balance between intimacy and historical scope...

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Kent's craft and Vikander's exquisite talent will ensure that the author's memories live in the minds of a fresh generation...

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Kent presents the female experience of war with crisp, tactile practicality...

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

This mostly avoids the traps of dull, dutiful heritage cinema.

4.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

A beautifully acted but disappointingly stiff period drama.

3.0
0
The Times

The Times

press

Traditional, heartfelt and stirring in all the right ways, the film feels as though it is the natural successor to the war romances of Powell and Pressburger.

4.0
0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

As a film, Testament of Youth glimmers with sadness, but also the apprehension of sadness: we know not all of these boys are coming back.

4.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

An elegantly sustained balance between intimacy and historical scope...

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Kent's craft and Vikander's exquisite talent will ensure that the author's memories live in the minds of a fresh generation...

4.0
0

Testament of War

A sobering reminder of the cost of war for the devastated families left behind. A truly tour de force turn from Vikander and Harington steps bravely out of the shadow of Jon Snow in a fantastic performance.

4.0
0

Eponymous?

Given that the name of the memoir/film is Testament of Youth, in what way is is eponymous?

0

British only

Not as feminism as it might seem to be. Just very british and vintage.

3.0
0

Well acted and sustained war story from a different perspective

Well acted and sustained war story from a different perspective. less on the act of war and more on the personal trails that arise, this time from the perspective of the young.

4.0
0

How my uncle died

I agree with much of Matt Glasby's review. Apart from Vera, the other characters did not have a lot of depth. However, cinematically much of the film deepened my understanding of fighting on the Western Front, In 1917 my uncle was wounded by shrapnel from a German shell at Messines. His death six hours later would have been at a filthy, overcrowded...

4.0
0