Mothering Sunday

Mothering Sunday ★★★

Charming. Not bad, not good - the editing is all over the place and the choice of flashback within flashback structure really didn't work at all here, but there's a lot to like from Eva Husson. The chemistry of Odessa Young and Josh O'Connor keeps it watchable and the emotional backend of the second half pays off because of that, but this is a world away from something like Peaky Blinders to the point where it's hard to believe both happened in the same era, although there are touches of the flat cap here, it's more Downton.

Young soars - she's the star of this, front and centre in this upstairs/downstairs working class/elite drama that tugs at the heartstrings. The set design and production values are incredible and the atmosphere is meticoulsly created. Using the time inbetween the first and second world wars as a backdrop - it echoes the likes of the BBC miniseries The Pursuit of Love and fans of that will find themselves right at home here; the film depicts the stillness of the inter-war years whilst the tragedy of what has come before plays a heavy hand - the elder generation, Colin Firth and Olivia Colman, are scarred by it, with the relationship between the two characters being irreversibly changed and the veteran actors play these roles perfectly.

The more you learn about Young's Jane the more it feels like waking from a summer dream, and the telltale signs that this is adapted from a novel are all over the place here; but that isn't a bad thing at all. Better editing would have improved it tenfold but it's still an entirely watchable film.

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