Another Mother's Son

Another Mother's Son

DVD - 2020
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Jersey, 1942. The British Channel Islands fall to the Germans who put prisoners of war to work in slave labor camps. When a Russian soldier escapes the labor camps, seeking shelter, a Jersey resident, Lou, realizes she can't simply hand him back. Lou decides to harbor the fugitive, striking up a bond with the young, intelligent man whom she soon treats as her son.

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Sep 05, 2020

Many people are not aware that English land was occupied by the Nazis during WWII. The German occupation of the Channel Islands lasted for most of the Second World War, from 30 June 1940 until their liberation on 9 May 1945. The Bailiwick of Jersey and Bailiwick of Guernsey are two British Crown dependencies in the English Channel, near the coast of Normandy. Hitler saw it as an opportunity for a bit of PR – he wanted to prove that the Germans could run an occupation without the abuses of power and violence that were happening elsewhere. He considered the Channel Islands to be his ‘stepping stone’ to the British Isles. At the same time, for five years the residents lived an existence that wasn’t completely free. They couldn’t speak freely, they were living under curfew and they were often struggling for food. After D-Day [the Allied invasion of Normandy in June 1944], they were cut off and began to starve. Towards the end of the war, the question wasn’t whether the allies would win, but whether they would die of starvation before the island could be liberated. Although the Germans treated the local people reasonably well, they imported slave workers from various European countries to build the fortifications on the island. A large number of these people were Russians who were treated particularly badly by the Nazis, who viewed them as “Untermenschen” (sub-human). History Extra The German occupation of the Channel Islands has had surprisingly little cinematic attention down the years. "Another Mother’s Son" is a hugely welcome redress of that oversight. Moreover, it tells an extraordinary true story, that of Louisa Gould (Jenny Seagrove), a middle-aged shopkeeper in a rural Jersey village. Daily Mail Louisa after learning that her own two sons were killed at sea has an opportunity to hide and attempt to save a Russian prisoner - another mother's son. Great and moving story. Highly recommend. Kristi & Abby Tabby

LoganLib_darsh Dec 06, 2018

Based on a true story about the German occupation of the British isle of Jersey during WWII. We see the film through the eyes of a local shopkeeper who bravely takes in a Russian prisoner of war who manages to escape from a forced labour quarry. Times are tough with rationing. Slowly but surely she forms a relationship with the POW, teaches him how to read English and he becomes like a son to her. The story is sensitively told with excellent acting from the principals. This film portrays the bravery and selflessness of ordinary people in helping others and opposing occupiers. A deep film and a well worthwhile film to see.

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