Available – Netflix
Time – 2 h 3 m
Age – 13+
Recommendation – One-time watch
‘I am older than time and I understand nothing,’ said Amelia one of the characters in the movie.
This just about sums up our lives doesn’t it? I mean forget Amelia’s age, she is pretty old but here and now, we too don’t understand what is happening. As if Covid-19 wasn’t enough, we have hurricanes, earthquakes, flooding, extreme explosions, crash landings to deal with on a regular basis.
Believe me in these tough times the one thing that has kept me going is stories, books, friends and family. And that is why when I saw the movie ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’, I could relate to it. Oh! Not to the hardships that people faced during World War II and German occupation (they are beyond what I believe our generation can handle seeing as we are the children of peaceful and better times), but the bond and the association they formed to books and reading and thus with each other too.
A serendipitous moment lead to the naming of the society. A rather funny name which has a logical explanation which is both hilarious and sad at the same time. But the society was a lie which now had to be made a truth. Thus born, the society brought its members together not just for the pleasure of reading but also companionship.
Then one of the members wrote to a famous author and one thing lead to another and she landed on the beautiful island of Guernsey hoping to attend their Friday gathering and write an article on them for ‘The Times’.
But what followed was a journey of self-discovery and forming everlasting bonds. A beautiful movie to watch, the actors all pleasing to the eye and great in their craft. And for a change no profane language as is the trend in movies now a days. Ofcourse it helps that it is set in the 1940s.
And as a writer and book lover, this movie was extra special, to see how in tough times books can bring hope and companionship to people. So required in today’s scenario.
Title Image Courtesy – Google Images