This has to be one of the most powerfully emotive endings to a movie i have ever experienced. i cried a lot.
Although a slow start, this film gradually takes off, much the same as McAvoy & Knightley's relationship! This films slowly and unconsciously sucked me in. Although truly captivated, before the ending i was fully expecting a happy and predictable ending... AND THEN BASH.
This film made me realise the deep dark realities the past and present wars have caused. In films you are generally uplifted with the happy endings, but what if those happy endings don't exist? what if they never happen? I would imagine most people never had their happy ending during this time, and so it pains me to accept it, this film i think, is a true reflection and representation of couples who never saw each other again, when they never had their hopes materialise after they (like in the film for example) left their partner when the bus came to part them their separate ways, forever.
Not forgetting, also, the torturous punishments McAvoy had to experience for a crime he did not and never would commit before finally being reunited with his companion. The depressive and destructive undercurrent war brings is clearly expressed through the performance of the actors.
Knightley & McAvoy were in my opinion, tremendous! Well done to them.