It’s 1941 Belfast, and everyone is living in fear of the Luftwaffe. Air raid wardens are on the streets, and the kids have been issued with gas masks.
This is such a sad piece – rather miserable in fact, but so well worth seeing. Based on RC Sherriff’s own time in the field as depicted in his play written in 1928, we are right in the middle of World War One.
The film is set in World War II and the title refers to the code name of the London-based Czechoslovakian government-in-exile’s plan to assassinate Reinhard Heydrich, otherwise known as the Butcher of Prague
Inspired by the collected fairytales of Giambattista Basile – from the 1630s and much more famous on the Continent – Matteo ‘Gomorrah’ Garrone’s film is wonderfully overblown.