Although Mark Jonathan Harris’ documentary is about the mass rescue of children from Nazi Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia to Great Britain in 1938-9, it offers no easy happily-ever-afters. It’s a harrowing tale of tender innocence lost and bitter experience gained.
"First comes love. Then comes the interrogation," warns the tagline. Pam’s father is strictly old-fashioned. Before his first-born girl says"I do," he must give her suitor his blessing — and the once over. Parents’ casting fits like a bridesmaid’s glove, with Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller.
The first feature by director Paul Morrison, set in a Welsh valley in 1911, is the kind of star-crossed lovers' tale which you just know is going to come to a bad end. Although well acted and beautifully photographed, it’s a long, measured trek toward an end more inevitable than cathartic.
Basically the story of two old friends trying to drift apart without quite knowing how to pull it off, this seems more like a demonstration piece by first-time director Tony Barbieri, showing he can take very slight material and deepen it with interesting stylistic flourishes.