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|Genre:||Comedy, Romance, Drama|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 117 Min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
London, 1940: On a desperate search for a job to support her artist friend Ellis (Jack Huston), Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton) lands at the information center. Here she will work on scripts for propaganda films that will give the increasingly female audience courage and hope in these difficult times. Together with the cynical author Tom Buckley (Sam Clafin) she is supposed to turn the story of two courageous twin sisters into a big, patriotic emotional cinema. However, this is becoming a really big challenge, and not only because bombs are regularly falling around them. The specifications of the ministry, the charged chemistry between Catrin and Tom, as well as the great egos of actors like the legendary Ambrose Hillard (Bill Nighy) on the one hand and the lack of talent of other actors on the other hand stand in the way of the project again and again…
With "Your best hour" director Lobe Scherfig has delivered a very successful mixture. Her film is not only a declaration of love for the power of cinema, but also an ironic comedy about vanities in the film business, a tender romance and a moving war drama. Even if the tone of her staging sometimes changes drastically, which is the case especially in the last act, the whole thing always seems harmonious. Sure, especially a turn towards the end of the movie won't please some viewers, as it takes a lot of the film's lightness out of it. But it's the wonderful ending that justifies this really drastic change of mood.
The story is first and foremost characterized by fine British humor. The love story that unfolds in the sometimes very humorous environment is predictable, but beautifully implemented. Even in the more dramatic scenes there is never too much of a fattening, which is why they seem to be very powerful on an emotional level. The result is a beautiful mixture that both touches the heart and stimulates the laughter muscles - only to move you unexpectedly to tears. The whole thing is carried by a great ensemble, led by a strong Gemma Arterton, supported by a wonderful Bill Nighy as always and a convincing Sam Clafin ("A whole half year").
Surely, "Your best hour" doesn't reinvent the wheel and probably won't end up in any of the top places at the end of the year. The film entertains excellently and is wonderfully staged. But in the end it is simply too conventional to make a truly lasting impression. For a nice, amusing and moving cinema evening, the film is absolutely perfect food. And this is exactly why there is a clear one: Absolutely worth seeing!
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