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War Bride
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by Chris Parry

"Sometimes great, mostly annoying."
2 stars

A Canadian/UK production, this drawn out post-war drama might be amongst the most infuriating dramas you’re likely to see. After getting married during World War II, war bride Lily (Anna Friel) is shipped off to mid-Canada where she awaits her Canadian soldier husband to return from the war. Her new family isn’t exactly friendly, and the sprawling ranch she’d been told she was headed to turns out to actually be a remote prairie farm in dire need of a paint job, but she rides it out, survives the locals calling her a hussy and awaits her man.

According to this story, the end of the war saw shiploads of British women flocking to the countries that their hubbies were from, where’d the families of the men would look after them until the man of the family came back from the war. The reality was far different from this, but hey, suspension of disbelief is easy to come by, so let’s ignore the historical inaccuracies and just go with it. The next problem we face as an audience is that while Lily is wasting away in this damn farm house waiting for a guy who might not even still be alive, so are we.

Lily’s in-laws are bitches, the house is a wreck, they’re miles from the nearest life form, it’s cold as heck, and the local townsfolk think she’s a slut. So why would this woman stay?

And that’s the main problem with The War Bride – Lily’s not in danger at all, she’s not really stranded at all, she can leave any time… she just chooses not to. You want to dive into the screen, grab her around the throat and yell, “What is wrong with you, woman? Leave this foul land!”

The dubbing is awful (I don’t know why an English/Canadian movie needs dubbing, but it’s dubbed, so deal), the lead male is played by an Australian (I have no idea why), the characterizations are wafer-thin and there’s really no reason to watch it to the end other than to figure out exactly how the prerequisite happy ending comes about.

The Maury Chaykin drama Cold Comfort dealt with a similar story as this, but at least that tale was funny and left the guy stranded in prairie hickville in a little danger. In The War Bride, the only danger is that you might rip a chunk or two of your own hair out while yelling at the television. I lost three.

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originally posted: 01/06/03 10:19:26
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10/03/08 Len what's with the Canadian maple leaf flag from the bar rafters 3 stars
6/18/04 Tarkey Barker not bad 4 stars
5/18/04 Melissa Aiden Young is so hot damn gorgeous 5 stars
1/21/03 Angela Workman, screenwriter Warbrides came by the hundreds of thousands, the film's not dubbed,Aiden Young's Canadian 4 stars
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  23-Mar-2001 (NR)


  02-Feb-2002 (PG)

Directed by
  Lyndon Chubbuck

Written by
  Angela Workman

  Anna Friel
  Brenda Fricker
  Aden Young
  Julie Cox
  Molly Parker
  Loren Dean

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