April 9th, 2015 by PRatt
May 9, 2015 @ 2:30 pm – 2:30 pm

(UK, 2015) Written and directed by John Boorman. Director of photography: Seamus Deasy. Cast: Callum Turner, Caleb Landry Jones, Pat Shortt, David Thewlis, Richard E. Grant, Tamsin Egerton, Aimee-Ffion Edwards.

Few movies have shown wartime through the eyes of a child with as much humanity as John Boorman’s semi-autobiographical Hope and Glory, set in London during World War II. The 82-year-old director’s long-awaited sequel shows us a 19-year-old Billy (Callum Turner) who joins the army in the 1950s as Britain teeters on the brink of major change (think Rock ’n Roll). Stationed to work at a training center, Billy and his best mates rebel against their rigid commanding officer (Richard E. Grant), who cares more for the glories of the past than the dreams (or love affairs) of a new generation. 115 min.

“Though this film is a realistic comedy-drama, Boorman remains one of cinema’s last great mystics. He believes that a camera creates everlasting moments even when a director isn’t looking.” – Michael Sragow, Film Comment.


“★★★★ a moving portrait of a nation that couldn’t account for all it had lost in a war that it won”
—David Ehrlich, Time Out New York

“A pleasing return to form for the 82-year-old British director”
—Scott Foundas, Variety

“A deeply personal memoir, so well written and carefully observed that it draws the viewer into the ambience of postwar England with a persuasive power that makes you feel you’re part of the same experience”
—Rex Reed, New York Observer

“A lovely movie, as achingly bittersweet as all nostalgia, marked by surprising moments of commonplace beauty – a brilliant morning sky, a gently burbling Thames – and real rough emotion. And, in the end, it does what every John Boorman film almost always does – it takes us into another world”
—Stephen Witty, The Star-Ledger

“As often with Boorman, there are endless pleasures to be found in the film’s performances”
—Godfrey Cheshire, Roger Ebert

“There’s never a moment when Queen and Country isn’t a joy to watch”
—Keith Uhlich, The L Magazine

“Queen and Country is the film of an old master (Boorman directed his first feature in 1965) who still has one of the most magical eyes in the business”
—Stuart Klawans, The Nation

“John Boorman’s new film eloquently captures this surreal experience of peacetime conscription”
—Lesley Smith, Pop Matters

“It’s riveting, almost like it’s a privilege to be stepping back in time.”
—Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

“Well worth the wait”
—Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

“A worthy follow-up to a classic”
—Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic

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