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Published February 10th 2020
The start of a global movement
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Military Wives is inspired by an incredible true story and comes from the Academy AwardŽ Nominated Director Peter Cattaneo of The Full Monty. Starring Academy AwardŽ Nominee Kristin Scott Thomas and Emmy AwardŽ Nominee Sharon Horgan, this is a feel-good movie that'll make you laugh and cry buckets.

In this British drama which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September last year, a group of women in England whose partners and husbands are away serving in Afghanistan, end up forming a choir on the military base. They would soon become a media sensation and global movement, but most importantly discover that together, they find in the hardest of times, there's strength in harmony. Without a doubt a wartime uplifting story following the blueprint of The Full Monty, though this is emotionally much more fulfilling and undeniably pleasurable to watch. The trailer doesn't do it justice, though that's a good thing as you get much more than you expected.

The two lead actresses are the strength of the movie at its core with their effortless portrayals; one as an uptight, chilly character who can't let go of the reins, and the other, a laidback and unconventional character who doubts her abilities. These two personalities clash as they try and organise the women around them, and an uneasy partnership is formed. The idea of a choir grows into something none of them could have expected. Jason Flemyng plays a small but loveable role as he oversees the women.

This is not an alien formula you've not seen before, but nonetheless irresistible. It's a crowd-pleaser with heart-swelling drama and injections of laughter of sadness thrown in. Thoroughly entertaining.

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