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by James Kent


Vera Brittain’s beloved WWI memoir Testament of Youth is exquisitely realised in this moving and timely adaptation. Intelligent and free-spirited Vera overcomes the narrow-mindedness of her conservative parents, winning a scholarship to Oxford. Entranced by her brother’s dashing friend Roland, who shares her literary aspirations, she plunges into an intoxicating romance. Blooming, in love and on the cusp of fulfilling her ambitions, Vera’s dreams are brutally shattered by the onset of war. When Roland and her brother ship out to the front, she abandons the cloistered environs of university life and volunteers as a nurse. Immediately confronted with the pitiless reality of the war’s victims, her life is irrevocably changed as she loses, one-by-one, the young men she held so dear.

international title: Testament of Youth
original title: Testament of Youth
country: United Kingdom
year: 2014
genre: fiction
directed by: James Kent
film run: 130'
release date: GB 16/01/2015, DK 30/04/2015, BE 16/09/2015, FR 23/09/2015
screenplay: Juliette Towhidi
cast: Kit Harington, Dominic West, Hayley Atwell, Emily Watson, Miranda Richardson, Alicia Vikander, Colin Morgan
cinematography by: Rob Hardy
film editing: Lucia Zucchetti
art director: Jon Henson
producer: Rosie Alison, David Heyman
co-producer: Henrik Zein, Celia Duval
production: Heyday Films, BBC Films
distributor: Cinéart, Mars Distribution


main awards/selection

London Film Festival 2014 

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