Hope and Glory

Matt McKeon

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This is a film by John Boorman, probably known to most people as the director of "Deliverance," and maybe "Excaliber." Its a semi-biographical film about growing up in London during the Blitz, the hero being a ten year old like Boorman had been

What is interesting about the film is that the boy's father goes into the army happily, bored out of his mind by his drudging office job. The wife and kids find the chaos liberating, and it has a glorious anarchistic finale.

ten year old Rowan and his little sister Sue observes his parents arguing. "Don't worry Sue," he assures the little girl, "We're never going to be like them. We're not even like them now."
 
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