...And from within a man eaten up by the death of his wife, angry with the church, even angrier with god, comes a human softness, albeit tempered with a vague attempt at discipline and distancing, which gives a wretched world-war two evacuee what he desperately needs. The two perfect strangers come to realise that they need each other in this cruel world - this point in the film will make even grown men cry ( i have proof ! ).
Hats off to john thaw's acting masterpiece wherein "the sweeney" and subsequent roles are completely forgotten.
Hats off also to the young nick robinson whose portrayal of willie beech, a young boy with a neurotic mother from the midst of war-torn london, is, in my opinion, worthy of a seasoned actor far in advance of his years.
A beautiful film.