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The Railway Man #BriFri #FilmReview

By Joyweesemoll @joyweesemoll

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Last week for British Isles Friday, Sim told us all about The Great British Baking Show and Heather continued her entertaining recap of her trip to England with a post about food.  We had three book review’s last week:


The Railway Man
Colin Firth plays a train enthusiast with considerable knowledge about schedules and routes

As I mentioned in my review of The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, I loved the trains in England. So, naturally, The Railway Man, a film from 2013, made it to my Netflix list. This true story begins with a mid-life romance between a train enthusiast and a nurse. It turns out that Eric Lomax’s obsession with trains masks the psychic pain he still carries from being tortured in World War II.

There’s not that much about English trains after the fun early scenes, but I was too entranced by the characters by then to care. Much of the action takes place in Berwick-upon-Tweed, a sea-side town in Northumberland, just a couple of miles south of the Scottish border.

Have you seen The Railway Man? What did you think?


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