THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY. Directed by  Mike Newell with Lily James, Jessica Brown Findlay, Matthew Goode, Katherine Parkinson and Penelope Wilton.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

MEGAN FURNISS reviews

I remember the book of this title doing the rounds and yet, somehow, I missed it. But I was so looking forward to seeing the movie, especially with such a star-strewn cast.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a story that justifies its long title. Set in Guernsey, it portrays the effects the German occupation had on this tiny British Island during World War 2, told through the eyes of a young writer who comes to write a frivolous piece and ends up connecting with the characters, and even falling in love.

Lily James plays Juliet Ashton, also an orphan of the war. She convinces her dashing publisher and friend Sydney Stark (Matthew Goode) and her fiancé Markham Reynolds (Glen Powel) that she needs to go off to Guernsey to discover what The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is all about. Once there she discovers a story of love and heartbreak lived and remembered by the odd collection who make up this strange society.

All things come together to make this movie very satisfying and I couldn’t keep a dry eye. The performances are enchanting. A superb cast and total commitment rescue the movie from being totally twee and sentimental. Guernsey is a gorgeous and rustic backdrop to play the story out in, and even the children were pretty good. I was surprised at how drawn in I was.

The styling is strictly period, and the set and costumes are fabulous. But the experience and total magic of Katherine Parkinson and Penelope Wilton stole my heart. Oh, such fabulous acting.

If you find yourself with a couple of hours to spare and a pocket pack of tissues in your bag, go and indulge in the sweet and moving The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

What: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Where and when: From 9 August 2018 at Ster-Kinekor cinemas

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