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The Great Escaper

PG, language, mature content.
Dir: Oliver Parker.
UK, 2023, 96 min.
Michael Caine, Glenda Jackson.

“What’s the result when you put a film camera in front of a pair of dual Oscar winners who have more than a century of filmmaking between them? A wonderful old-fashioned movie, in the best sense of that phrase. As I watched The Great Escaper, I thought of the likes of Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn… In 2024, it’s Michael Caine and Glenda Jackson … This drama is based on the true story of Bernie Jordan, an 89-year-old Royal Navy veteran who went absent without leave from a care home because he wanted to go to Normandy for the 70th commemoration of the D-Day landings, in which he took part. He left behind his wife of near 70 years, Irene, who urged him to go… After local police tweeted an alert, the media jumped onto the story…. Caine and Jackson are brilliant… The veterans, including the Germans Bernie meets in the place he once fought them, all have untold stories… Bernie’s 2014 time in Normandy is juxtaposed, via flashbacks, to 1944… The beach landing scenes are gripping. Laura Marcus is the young Rene he falls in love with before he departs… One of the themes of this movie is old age, from which there is no escape… For that reason, it in tandem explores – particularly through Jackson’s superb performance as Rene – the privilege of making it to old age, especially with someone you love. When the home staff express their concerns about Bernie’s escapade to Rene, she brushes it off. He has crossed the channel before, she tells them, ‘only then they were shooting at him’.” —Stephen Romei, The Australian


June 15
2:00 pm
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City Cinema
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