First Friday Movie Series
at the Peace Center of Delaware County
(Springfield Friends Meetinghouse)
1001 Old Sproul Rd., Springfield, PA
(just off the corner of Old Marple and S. Sproul Roads,
behind the Mr. Car Wash)
7 p.m. Free Large-Screen
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(Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for light refreshments)
Co-sponsored by Brandywine Peace Community, 484-574-1148
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June 2nd, 2017, 7 p.m.
Testament of Youth
2015, PG-13 for thematic material including bloody and disturbing war related images, 129 minutes. Directed by James Kent. Screenplay by Juliette Towhidi based on the memoir, Testament of Youth, by Vera Brittain. Stars Alicia Vikander, Kit Harrington, and Colin Morgan.
Testament of Youth is a powerful story of love, remembrance, and war. It chronicles the scars of World War I on a generation of English young people, told from a woman’s perspective.
The film begins with news of the armistice of 1918 and quickly flashes back to the idyllic days four years before the war’s outbreak. A young woman, Vera Brittain (Alicia Vikander), is enjoying a rural swim with her beloved brother Edward (Taron Egerton) and their friend Victor (Colin Morgan).
Her brother introduces her to a schoolmate of his, Roland (Kit Harrington). Though Vera had decided not to let romantic attachments arise lest they interfere with her goal to become a writer, she feels an immediate chemistry with Roland.
Vera is admitted to Oxford, but her plans evaporate in the smoke and chaos of war. What’s more, she has fallen in love with Roland, who soon enlists and departs for the battlefront.
What follows is a searing journey from youthful hopes and dreams to the edge of despair and back again. Based on the World War I memoir by Vera Brittain that became a bestseller in 1933 and a cornerstone of the pacifist movement.
Testament of Youth is about young love, the futility of war, and making sense of the darkest times.
watch the film's trailer!
Film review by David Edelstein.
Downloadable Flyer HERE.
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