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English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.


Laura Carmichael, Angel Coulby, Frances de la Tour, David Gyasi, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, James McArdle, Julian Morris, Vanessa Redgrave, Julian Sands, Adrian Schiller, Joanna Vanderham.

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[Boston, MA] : WGBH Educational Foundation, [2018]


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Originally broadcast as a two-part television movie on BBC One in 2017 and in the US on PBS as part of the series Masterpiece in 2018.

Bonus video: Novelist and screenwriter Patrick Gale, executive producer, Diederick Smith, director Michael Samuels, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, David Gyasi, and James McArdle share insight behind the creation of the film.

Two love stories set 60 years apart are linked by family and a painting with a secret that echoes through generations. The film explores a forbidden relationship made impossible by social pressures during WWII, and vividly contrasts it with a present-day romance that is nearly derailed by the consequences of the 1940s tale with which it is deeply intertwined. In 1944, British Army Captain Michael Berryman meets war artist Thomas March in southern Italy, as chaos reigns all around them. Despite having a young fiancee, Flora, waiting at home, straight-laced Michael finds himself falling for Thomas' bohemian charms. In 2017, an aging Flora looks on as her grandson Adam tentatively forms a relationship with his client Steve in a more accepting world. But while the external obstacles have fallen away, a minefield of internalized issues and dangerous temptations still pave the road to happiness.

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