military wives

★★★★

DIRECTOR: Peter Cattaneo (the full monty, the rocker)
STARRING: kristin scott thomas, sharon horgan, Amy James-Kelly and Gaby French

 

REVIEWER: emily carter

With their partners away serving in Afghanistan, a group of women on the home front form a choir and quickly find themselves at the center of a media sensation and global movement.

When mentioning the title 'Military Wives', people assumed I was off to a WW1 film. Another big, loud and moving epic. They were right with the moving part, but Military Wives is anything but old and overdone. It's a look inside the lives of those STILL touched by war in the 2000s.

 

Set in an English military base, it follows a group of women who form a choir while their partners serve in Afghanistan. It's a real rag-tag group of women coming together through singing, while uncovering the harder parts that connect them as military wives.

 

I was absolutely delighted to discover this film is based on a true story and the worldwide movement that military wife choirs became.

 

Headed by the seamlessly wonderful Sharon Horgan and Kristin Scott Thomas, this film already looked like a winner. Horgan plays Lisa, a relaxed, aloof and persistently eye-rolling army wife, while Scott Thomas plays Kate, the stoic ideas-woman keen to whip everyone into shape.

 

Together they somehow turn tea time with the partners into a hobby that holds the girls together when hearts are breaking all over the place.

 

One of those films that seems light and bright but is so heavy at its heart, Military Wives strikes you at your core. I shed many, many, many tears and found it so enlightening staring at the soul of the human condition.

 

Petty fights with friends can co-exist with husbands injured at war, which can also co-exist with finding the right harmony at choir. Military Wives is private, personal, crushing and wholly triumphant.

★★★★

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