Resistance Review

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Wales, late1944. The Allies invasion of Europe has failed and Britain is now under Nazi occupation. A remote Welsh valley wakes to find its menfolk gone, presumably to join the resistance movement. One of its inhabitants, young wife Sarah (Riseborough), is quickly forced to adjust to life cheek-by-jowl with a squad of German soldiers.


D-Day has failed, Germany has invaded Britain. It’s 1944 and the Allies are screwed. So, when Nazi troops turn up in a Welsh valley where the men are absent, what are the women to do? Adapted by director Amit Gupta and Owen Sheers, from the latter’s novel, Resistance has a conceit that calls to mind Went The Day Well? and The Eagle Has Landed, though this is a more restrained, gravely provocative drama, its morality as misty as its landscapes. Andrea Riseborough is terrific as a lonely woman caught between hope and compromise, as she’s drawn towards the invaders. And while the elliptical nature of this alternative history may frustrate some (there are no big explosions), it stays with you: a haunting, elegant film about love, loss and just what we will do to survive.

A beautiful, elliptical war film with the haunting qualities of a ghost story. Riseborough is terrific and Gupta proves that he's a talent to watch.