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Set in war-torn Hamburg at the end of WWII, Lewis Morgan, a colonel of the British Forces Germany (Jason Clarke) reunites with his wife Rachael (Keira Knightley). They forcibly live in the mansion of German widower Stefan Lubert (Alexander Skarsgard) and his troubled daughter, while Lewis is in charge of rebuilding the city.

It’s quite apparent from the onset that a love triangle will emerge, as Stefan and Rachael have both lost a loved one to war and have empty voids in their lives to fill.

As passion builds, will Rachael ultimately decide to move back to London with her husband or run off to start a new life with her German lover?

BBC’s involvement in this film resonates profoundly, boasting mesmerising cinematography and a very stylish and ambitious production which should please passionate World War drama enthusiasts.

The predictably soapy elements strongly illustrate that forbidden love and lust may ultimately flourish regardless of ethnicity or circumstance and should ensure that incurable romantics in the audience keep their tissues in reach. (MMo)

★★★ ½