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The Best of Men

By Alistair Lawrence, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

British WWII drama has positive messages, trauma, language.

Movie NR 2014 90 minutes
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Inspired by a true story, this drama is a brisk but engaging retelling of how a German refugee doctor helped change the lives of British soldiers injured in WWII. In The Best of Men, Marsan launches himself into the role of Dr. Ludwig Guttmann, verbally sparring with anyone who questions his methods, often with a dash of deadpan humor. The film celebrates his revolutionary methods, which showed both his patients and the authorities that spinal injuries need not prevent people from living a fulfilling life.

Despite its modest budget and short runtime, the movie fills its cast with enough talent to deliver its mix of comedy and drama in way that feels authentic. Like Guttman, it doesn't treat its disabled characters with pity, gradually bringing them together as Guttman's tireless persistence and innovative methods begin to get results. There are few surprises to its neat, feel-good ending, but this is a story that deserves to be told. A closing montage of real-life footage and photos is further proof of the ripple effect caused by the remarkable resolve of all the characters that changed the way that we think about and treat people living with disabilities.

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