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I began to watch this...
August 21, 2018
...thinking it would be something else, but it drew me in. I didn't see this like some have, I saw it more a romance and motherhood gone bad at the hands of others, and told in a checkerboard fashion at that. If the viewer doesn't know some things beforehand (Ireland and England have never gotten along) there is some confusion as to why an RAF pilot would be hunted by Irish thugs. In fact, I don't know why England, Ireland and Scotland are now or were then referred to as the United Kingdom. They are anything but united. Further, I don't know why a German bomber would be chasing an RAF fighter plane. Over Ireland no less. I can't imagine converting an asylum into a hotel. I can't imagine a priest being attacked in the street by Irish thugs. And the story has holes: the protagonist was put away for nymphomania at the hands of her relative and a jealous priest, although she was married, but no one seemed to believe that, yet a local priest married she and her husband with a witness. The church, for all its other shortcomings, is a library of marriage, birth and death records and has been for centuries so even the faintest amount of homework on anyone's part would have uncovered that. Our girl was in the final moments of pregnancy and ran from the hospital down a road, through the dunes to a secluded beach, then swam out to sea and back again before giving birth. Not likely. And so it went.
It is not my intent to minimize the suffering of mothers, nor war brides nor anyone else in this note, I know those things are real, but it is my intent to show where this could have been told better and really did no justice to the legions of victims of bad politics, treacherous officials and lecherous clergy. The acting was good, the directing I think was good, the editing and script need some work. Lots of work. Either not enough was told or too much was cut out with the result being much left to guesswork or not having enough to keep the flow smooth or things like the aforementioned that just didn't make sense. At least to me. I did watch the entire thing, to give it every opportunity, but in the end, I found it weak, incomplete and not done well for such a sensitive subject.