I bought this film and do not buy all that many.
YES - This wonderful WWII story of the brave people of France and England marked my first acquaintance with Cate Blanchett's work, and so when her name appeared on the much-awaited LOTR premier, I cheered! Who else could do justice to Galadriel! A really fine story, given a quality presentation.
In fact, I enjoyed the film this weekend and smiled - the monologue she shares at the beginning of "Charlotte Gray" is so similar to the never-to-be-forgotten one she shares at the outset of LOTR -the Fellowship! Do you suppose the one inspired the other? And in which order, since both films date to 2001?
It was just so easy to engage with the story and the charming characters and sets and actions - full of vitamins for viewers.
The production skills were top-notch in Charlotte Gray and the first time I viewed this film in 2001, I'd was done with a phase of too much response work, so I reallllly earned all the chick-flicks I'd like.
The war story. helped me put my humble "bit" in its place and to recover faster, I think.
BECAUSE I am an artist,
the beauty of the countryside and
the costumes and colors and
the grace in performances
All these empower the audience to digest the good and the grand and horror and the hopelessness moments with the same resilience shown by the characters in the story -
and the happy ending to awful challenges is shared by the characters and the audience - well-earned, as well!
Do you think most women experience a "no turning back" moment as does Charlotte Gray? I cannot say more on this without spoiler-ing. But enjoy the film and see what you think.
I loved M. Gambon in "Maigret" and he did not let us down in this one either.
So satisfying to see a few of the badguys get their just desserts, too!
The children were important to the plot - not a complication but a strong contribution to the truth of those days.
They remind us that it is not about just grownup games, but about all that we treasure in life.
As we phase out of the covid pandemic, we realize that when all the numbers are in, the death tool will match the WWII Holocaust, and may exceed it.
So I found in my viewing today, a help to my spirit and hope and the TRIUMPH of LIFE over death in this movie.
People remained WORTHY, though some failed completely and all faltered a bit.
They laughed and loved and believed and realized that challenge is opportunity to do our very best and so win the "great day in the morning" promised to believers.
The makers insist:
It's just a chick flick and they went out of their way to show us that staying real about it all and NOT living a lament helped to win the moment.
Going on to a better day is the thing after all! Joyfully if possible!
I think these people earn their money.....most of the time :-D
IN my case,
Just before I found "Charlotte Gray" , an Accident immobilized me and, though I'd loved being tv-less for almost a decade, by choice, I was going to be "in" for some time - so I bought a tv/dvdplayer/vcr with all the bells and whistles and followed orders to "Be still and wait upon the Lord"
The first week could have been better - as I woke to the tv's alarm, and tuned into the morning news for coffee company in my disabled ladies bungalow, the Japanese animation on the screen was not animation but live video of the collapsing TwinTowers on Nineleven!
I did some things I could do to help - created a huge flag, promo-ed "occupant safety and escape technology" and better attack Preparedness, but I was disabled and so I stuck to my Rosary project and film. Starting the Rosary in September it was Thanksgiving before I'd dedicated one bead for each life lost on Nineleven - Stunning horror and Wildly difficult days demanded good acts as possible - I Painted "Dan, George and Bill - raising the flag at ground zero 9/11/2001" into a shadow box for a school in California. It's what I do.
Then it was time to take a quieter place again, so .Praise God that I could pile on the videos!
Cate Blanchett has been a favorite ever since!
Stories like "Charlotte Gray". empowered winning thinking for the human spirit and so I do hope to see more like this to help us self-restore from Covid - in all the sneaky small ways that run the bigstuff! Films about the losses of Covid, will only be tolerable if served up with truth - sharing the endless heroics that saved us all - in every place in society people said NO to losing to covid and its afflictions on us. And so we are here - vaccinated - and victorious if we aim it so!
Thanks film for doing your part.