Their Finest
Director: 
Lone Scherfig
Year: 
2016
Rating: 
R
Run Time: 
117 mins
Cast: 
Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy

With London emptied of its men now fighting at the Front, Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton) is hired by the British Ministry of Information as a “slop” scriptwriter charged with bringing “a woman’s touch” to morale-boosting propaganda films. Her natural flair quickly gets her noticed by dashing movie producer Buckley (Sam Claflin) whose path would never have crossed hers in peacetime. As bombs are dropping all around them, Catrin, Buckley and a colorful crew work furiously to make a film that will warm the hearts of the nation. Although Catrin’s artist husband looks down on her job, she quickly discovers there is as much camaraderie, laughter and passion behind the camera as there is onscreen.

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"Beautifully cast, intelligently written and a gorgeously assembled range of beautifully gauged emotions about movies and war, 'Their Finest' is one of the best films of a still-young 2017." - New York Observer

"One of the smartest, funniest and most surprising movies I’ve seen in years." - Wall Street Journal

"'Their Finest' delivers in a way that would please the Ministry of Information: it’s rousing and emotional, there are laughs and tears, and it portrays people trying and, mostly, succeeding at being their best selves in the service of their country." - The Wrap

"The charming, rousing WWII romance 'Their Finest' is a film that openly stumps for two causes: the value of women in the workplace, and the power of cinema to tell stories that people need to hear." - The Playlist

"'Their Finest' is a treat that has something on its mind, a charming concoction that adds a bit of texture and bite to the mix. Genial and engaging with a fine sense of humor, it makes blending the comic with the serious look simpler than it actually is." - Los Angeles Times

"'Their Finest' is the sort of crowd-pleaser that knows the difference between satisfying its viewers and flattering them, all the while showcasing surprising performances from Gemma Arterton and Sam Claflin, and an entirely unsurprising one from Bill Nighy — a master scene-stealer pulling off yet another brazen heist." - Variety