Ethel & Ernest (2016)

A charming animated love story based on Raymond Briggs’ autobiographical book about his parents Ethel and Ernest, voiced by Brenda Blethyn and Jim Broadbent.

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Ethel is a lady’s maid with aspirations to better herself when she falls in love with and marries Ernest, a milkman. Living with their son Raymond in 1940s London puts them in the firing line as the Blitz takes hold of the city. Raymond is eventually evacuated to the relative safety of the countryside and we follow Ethel and Ernest through their everyday lives as they cope with the war. Their love and sense of family holds them tightly together as they witness events such as the VE day celebrations, the horror of Hiroshima and the creation of the Welfare State.

Told in a series of captivating vignettes, this lovely animated feature first observes moments in the couple’s life, then moves to their son as he grows up to face his own joys, challenges and travails. Based on Raymond Brigg’s autobiographical book, this hugely accomplished labour of love remains faithful to the author and illustrator’s inimitable style.

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