They’ll want to forget you. They’ll want me to forget. But I can’t. I won’t. This is my promise to you now. All of you. – Vera Brittain, Testament of Youth
If you are looking for a movie that will stir your emotions, this one is for you. Testament of Youth is based on the memoirs of Vera Brittain.
In the beginning everyone in the story is living their own perfectly happy lives. Vera, is planning on sitting for the entrance exams at Oxford, when she meets one of her brothers friends, Roland.
They begin to correspond, and despite her previous announcement that she would never marry, her feelings start to change… and then it happens. Following the assassination of the Archduke Ferdinand in Austria, the first World War begins.
Roland signs up, and is soon followed by Vera’s brother Edward, leaving Vera to go to Oxford alone. But when Roland is sent to the front, Vera decides that she can no longer focus on her studies and joins the Red Cross as a nurse.
This film from the director of Boy in the Striped Pajamas is one that will tear at your heart. The scenes of war, and the devastating losses faced by Vera are difficult to see, but they also show the bravery of the men who went to serve the country, and the strength of those left behind.
The actors did an amazing job of bringing this true story to life, and I definitely recommend it.