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June 1944: Under the strictest secrecy, the Allied powers have gathered 1 million soldiers on the south coast of England to risk a devastating blow against the Nazis in northern France. While the generals Eisenhower (John Slattery) and Montgomery (Julian Wadham) firmly believe in the success of the D-Day operation, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Brian Cox) is struggling with his conscience. He's tired of the bloodshed and he doesn't want to lose any more people to this war. While his doubts fall on deaf ears with the generals, he hopes for advice from his wife Clementine (Miranda Richardson), who has stood by his side like a rock in the surf all these years. But the events of recent years have also left their mark on Clementine, and so in this difficult time the marriage of the two is still being put to the test…
"Churchill" portrays one of the most famous statesmen in world history during the last four days before the decisive D-Day. Almost like a chamber play, the whole thing is carried primarily by the extremely strong play of Brian Cox. Indeed, director Jonathan Teplitzky also relies on a captivating visual language in some scenes, which actually creates a very captivating atmosphere. But in principle, the film would also function as a play, since it lives primarily from the dialogues and the strong ensemble. That's gripping and exciting on a certain level, but at times it's a little bit tough.
Screenwriter Alex von Tunzelmann is also a historian. This can also be seen in some parts of her script, because the historically guaranteed moments work much better than the dramaturgical freedoms she takes in the conversations between the prime minister and the young secretary Helen (Ella Purnell). Such scenes seem a bit too thick and don't reach the emotional strength of other moments, like the short speech Churchill gives to young soldiers shortly before their departure into battle.
"Churchill" is a very well played history lesson, which is able to pack over long distances despite the generally known outcome. Only a few small lengths and a few moments that seem too constructed cloud the positive overall impression a little. But in the end it is still enough for an absolutely convinced one: worth seeing!
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