Their Finest

Dir: Lone Scherfig, with Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy

A film set in WWII about making a morale-boosting film of the retreat from Dunkirk. Judging from the rest of the audience in the cinema, it’s a big hit with the under-90s. And me. It was a funny, poignant and charming film with some amusing dialogue and a real sense of the danger – and opportunities – of wartime. It was affectionately ironic about the real WWII Ministry of Information films and didn’t hesitate to use the same irony and knowingness itself: casting Bill Nighy as a self-regarding has-been was such a cliché and very funny.

As usual with modern films about the past, there was a feminist subtext . . . but they didn’t use a bludgeon.

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