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Testament of Youth

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United Kingdom, Denmark · 2014
Rated PG-13 · 2h 9m
Director James Kent
Starring Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Taron Egerton, Colin Morgan
Genre Drama, History, War

An independent young woman abandons her studies at Somerville College, Oxford, to become a war nurse in this powerful story of love, war, and remembrance, based on the First World War memoir by Vera Brittain, which has become the classic testimony of the war from a woman’s point of view.

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Slant Magazine by

The film's inferno of horrors are undoubtedly visceral, but psychologically implosive rather than entrails-exploding.


TheWrap by Inkoo Kang

The men are slightly forgettable, but the woman is not. Far from the flawless fembot in “Ex Machina,” Vikander’s slight gawkiness is highlighted here, allowing her to look like a real girl, absolutely the right decision by Kent.


CineVue by Joe Walsh

Kent, who gathers a cast of extremely bright young things, creates a drama that glides with sorrowful grace, pitching at a respectful and tear-inducing tone.


Village Voice by Marsha McCreadie

Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina), simultaneously poignant and powerful as Vera Brittain, the writer who fought her way into Oxford then chucked that to go to the front as a nurse, gives another indelible performance.


Movie Nation by Roger Moore

It’s a quiet, thoughtful and handsomely mounted film, offering another plum role to Alicia Vikander (“Ex Machina”) as Brittain. Vikander and the film take Britain, and Brittain, from idealism and hope to grim reality and regret.


Total Film by Simon Kinnear

Vikander brings fresh emotional weight to the familiar scenario of WW1 grief, ensuring that this mostly avoids the traps of dull, dutiful heritage cinema.


The Telegraph by Tim Robey

As a film, Testament of Youth glimmers with sadness, but also the apprehension of sadness: we know not all of these boys are coming back.


Empire by Will Lawrence

There are familiar moments in Vera Brittain’s stirring story, though the Kent's craft and Vikander’s exquisite talent will ensure that the author’s memories live in the minds of a fresh generation...

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