The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

It’s got heart, it’s got grace: it’s another beautifully told Britpic perfect for a Sunday afternoon viewing. 

 Unfurling out of the bleak landscape of Britain following WWII is a colourful British drama/ romance about the importance of the sometimes-unconventional families that we choose for ourselves. 

 The loveable yet kooky ensemble share their heartwarming tale of love and loss during the occupation with a writer (Lily James) who has come to their Island of Guernsey in the English Channel. James’ character slowly works her way into the hearts of the society through their shared love of literature and her sunny personality. 

 Although the heart and soul of the story lies mainly with the charming personalities of the society, the picturesque landscapes and stunning costume design allow the viewer truly immerse them in the romance of the era. 

 

All you can really ask of a film like this is to be joyfully absorbed in somebody else’s story for two hours and Guernsey absolutely delivers. You’ll exit the cinema in a daydream of elegance and British charm.

© Maddie Vlismas 2020