Boorman turns his memories of WWII London into a complex and sensitive film. Father volunteers, and mother must deal with the awakening sexuality of her teenage daughter, keep her son in line, balance the ration books, and try to make it to the bomb shelter in the middle of the night. Seen through the boy's eyes, war creates a playground of shrapnel to collect and wild imaginings come true. Nice companion film to "Empire of the Sun" and "Au Revoir Les Enfants," two more 1987 releases that explore WWII from the recollections of young boys.
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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 97 minutes.
Originally from British.
British Acad. 1987: Film, Support. Actress (Wooldridge); Golden Globes 1988: Film--Mus./Comedy; L.A. Film Critics 1987: Director (Boorman), Film, Screenplay; Natl. Soc. Film Critics 1987: Cinematog., Director (Boorman), Film, Screenplay.
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