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Review: Melancholic 'Private Peaceful' orchestrated with grace

Review: Melancholic 'Private Peaceful' orchestrated with grace

Melancholy runs deep in "Private Peaceful," a richly appointed British period piece about fraternal loyalty adapted from the book of the same name by "War Horse" author Michael Morpurgo.

Set in rural England during the turn of the 20th century, the drama follows the young lives of the closely knit Peaceful siblings, sensitive Tommo (George MacKay) and the elder, gregarious Charlie (Jack O'Connell).

The bond between them is threatened with the arrival of the spirited Molly (Alexandra Roach), who proceeds to capture their hearts, but resentments on the domestic front are soon relegated to the background with the onset of World War I.

With its...