The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society movie review () | Roger EbertSign in. Watch now. A German soldier tries to determine if the Dutch resistance has planted a spy to infiltrate the home of Kaiser Wilhelm in Holland during the onset of World War II, but falls for a young Jewish Dutch woman during his investigation. A young woman, born at the turn of the 20th century, is rendered ageless after an accident. After many solitary years, she meets a man who complicates the eternal life she has settled into.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Sure, stakes are raised on occasion, but never high enough to block the picturesque scenery. Both films are set largely on a gorgeous island, while pivoting between the present day and the vividly remembered past. At the heart of each narrative is a woman whose absence is deeply felt. This process of manufacturing intrigue by withholding soon-to-be-revealed information—summoned up crumb by crumb—is a classic storytelling device, yet it tested my patience in this case, since the dominating narrative is throughly predictable from the get-go. Time and again, the film consistently deprives us of the good stuff. Miller Jr.
The book is set in and is an epistolary novel , composed of letters written from one character to another. In January , year-old Juliet Ashton embarks on a cross-country tour across England to promote her latest book. Written under her pen-name Izzy Bickerstaff , the book is a compilation of comedic columns she wrote about life during World War II. Despite the fact that she was initially contracted to write another Izzy Bickerstaff book, Juliet writes to her publisher that she wants to retire the pseudonym. On her tour Juliet is greeted with flowers everywhere from the mysterious Markham V.
The screenplay is based on the novel of the same name , written by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. Set in , the plot follows a London-based writer who begins exchanging letters with a resident on the island of Guernsey , which was under German occupation during World War II. In , development began on a film adaptation based on Shaffer's novel. Initially, Kate Winslet was announced as the lead, with Kenneth Branagh attached to direct. However, both dropped out in February In October , James signed on for the lead role, with Newell set to direct.