Birdsong (TV Mini-Series 2012)

TV Mini-Series   |    |  Drama, History, Romance


Episode Guide
Birdsong (2012) Poster

As an English soldier fights in the horrific trenches of northern France, he is haunted by the memories of his forbidden love affair with a French woman.


7.4/10
5,320

Videos


Photos

  • Clémence Poésy and Eddie Redmayne in Birdsong (2012)
  • Eddie Redmayne in Birdsong (2012)
  • Lajos Kalmár in Birdsong (2012)
  • Birdsong (2012)
  • Birdsong (2012)
  • Birdsong (2012)

See all photos

Get More From IMDb

For an enhanced browsing experience, get the IMDb app on your smartphone or tablet.

Get the IMDb app

Cast & Crew

Top Series Cast



Reviews & Commentary

Add a Review


User Reviews


18 June 2013 | doug_park2001
8
| "There is nothing more, sir, than to love and be loved"
First of all, BIRDSONG is beautifully filmed and acted. Joseph Mawle is especially memorable as Jack Firebrace--who I quote in my title here--a friend and sort of foil character to the protagonist (Stephen Wraysford) played by Eddie Redmayne. Agree: American audiences may find all the British brogues a bit hard to follow without the subtitles.

While there is a palpable storyline and a good surprise at the end, BIRDSONG appeals more to the heart than to the head. It's quite a sad story, of course, but it avoids going too far in the direction of melodrama. It successfully incorporates some really huge themes: Love, forgiveness, loyalty, and others. There is also a great deal of WWI battle footage: BIRDSONG will probably appeal to most war film aficionados. Warning: Some really graphic scenes of carnage at the Somme and various other battles.

Part I shifts every few minutes from Wraysford's illicit 1910 love affair with the wife of a French business partner to his service in the British army between 1916-18. The two time settings are extremely well-synchronized: The directors and producers did a fine job of making the two stories into one. Part II, though it follows the same general pattern, is a little more of a straightforward, solidified story.

I haven't read Sebastian Faulks's original novel, but I've heard nothing but good things about it. It's probably a hard book to cinematize, but Masterpiece Theater did about the best job possible here.

Critic Reviews



More Like This

Tess of the D'Urbervilles

Tess of the D'Urbervilles

Like Minds

Like Minds

A Promise

A Promise

Lady Chatterley's Lover

Lady Chatterley's Lover

Klondike

Klondike

The Pillars of the Earth

The Pillars of the Earth

The Yellow Handkerchief

The Yellow Handkerchief

Dancing on the Edge

Dancing on the Edge

The Outcast

The Outcast

Birdsong

Birdsong

Oasis

Oasis

Death Comes to Pemberley

Death Comes to Pemberley

Storyline

Plot Summary


Genres

Drama | History | Romance | War

What to Watch After 'Hamilton'

Once you've memorized all the lyrics to Lin-Manuel Miranda's hit Broadway musical on Disney+, check out these TV shows and movies to enhance your Hamilton experience.

Watch the video

Around The Web

 | 

Powered by ZergNet

More To Explore

Search on Amazon.com