In the story of Bernard Jordan, a seasoned aviator, he missed the chance to apply for the 70th-anniversary commemoration of the D-Day landings. Supported by his wife, Rene (portrayed by the late Glenda Jackson), he embarks on an independent journey, escaping from his care home in Hove with essentials in a simple blue plastic bag.
This real-life adventure may seem like a lighthearted, comedic escapade for the big screen, complete with a chipper caper across the continent. Yet, the film takes an unexpected turn, delving into a more melancholic and introspective approach. Michael Caine’s performance is nothing short of extraordinary, portraying a man who, in his twilight years, confronts survivor’s guilt and the enduring psychological scars of battle.
Director Oliver Parker, known for “Dad’s Army,” opts for a straightforward and functional style. The film’s scenes, whether set in the Second World War era or in contemporary times, may carry a somewhat reminiscent aura of a made-for-TV movie. However, beneath this surface lies a compelling emotional narrative, and Michael Caine, at the age of 90, delivers a truly remarkable and poignant performance. Visit flixtor movies for more!