Testament of Youth

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Brief Synopsis: "Vera Brittain, irrepressible, intelligent and free-minded, overcomes the prejudices of her family and hometown to win a scholarship to Oxford. With everything to live for, she falls in love with her brother’s close friend Roland Leighton as they go to university to pursue their literary dreams. But the First World War is looming and as the boys leave for the front Vera realises she cannot sit idly by as her peers fight for their country, so volunteers as a nurse. She works tirelessly, experiencing all the grief of war, as one by one her closest friends are all killed and the pillars of her world shattered. But, an indefatigable spirit, Vera endures, rediscovers love and returns to Oxford, irrevocably changed, yet determined to create a world in which such a war can never take place again."

Overall Ranking: 1300 (Rank from 2014: # 71)

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Buttery 33.33%
Regular 33.33%
Half-Popped 33.33%
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Sober Film Critic James Brown88 - Testament of Youth is an exquisite motion picture that really makes you feel the pain and suffering of war. It's a film full of romance and ambition from the start. As the film progresses, each tragedy that comes Vera's way is beautifully rendered on the big screen.
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People Involved

  • Alicia Vikander (Vera Brittain)
  • Kit Harington (Roland Leighton)
  • Hayley Atwell (Hope)
  • Dominic West (Mr. Brittain)
  • Emily Watson (Mrs. Brittain)
  • Colin Morgan (Victor Richardson)
  • Anna Chancellor (Mrs. Leighton)
  • Miranda Richardson (Miss Lorimer)
  • Taron Egerton (Edward Brittain)
  • (Director)