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Private Peaceful

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United Kingdom · 2012
Rated PG-13 · 1h 40m
Director Pat O'Connor
Starring Jack O'Connell, George MacKay, Richard Griffiths, Frances de la Tour
Genre Drama, Romance, War

Set in the fields of Devon and the World War I battlefields of Flanders, the film follows two brothers as they fall for the same girl. But while navigating first love, they must contend with the pressures of the war and learn the price of courage and cowardice.

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CineVue by

With some seriously fine performances and a simple but effective visual style that helps establish the film as a believable period piece, O'Connor's film is a solid adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's novel.


Total Film by Neil Smith

It’s left to the leads to keep us engaged, a tall order given their film’s old-fashioned, fusty feel.


Slant Magazine by Rob Humanick

By modestly embracing its inherent minimalism and finding the emotions underlying even the most schematic of scenarios, the film taps into something unmistakably human.


Village Voice by Serena Donadoni

O'Connor tries mightily to contextualize the suffering of the Peaceful brothers at home and abroad, making a better case for the British class system's demise than for their survival.


Time Out London by Trevor Johnston

There’s much over-egged mugging from the grown-ups (bumbling toff Richard Griffiths, shouty sarge John Lynch), but the lads are spot-on: young Mackay is effectively touching and bristling O’Connell hints at Next Big Thing charisma.

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