Sebastian Faulks' epic love story set against the First World War, which became a modern classic when it was published in 1993, is adapted for the screen for the first time by Abi Morgan. The action of the two part film moves between 1910 and 1916, telling the story of Stephen Wraysford (Eddie Redmayne), a young Englishman who arrives in Amiens in Northern France to stay with the Azaire family and falls desperately in love with Isabelle Azaire (ClmencePosy). They begin an illicit and all-consuming affair, but the relationship falters. Years later, Stephen finds himself... serving on the Western Front in the very area where he experienced his great love. As he battles amidst the blood and gore of the trenches he meets Jack Firebrace (Joseph Mawle), a tunneller who unexpectedly helps him endure the ravages of war and enables him to make peace with his feelings for Isabelle. Special Features: Featurettes: War Story Love Story On Set [show more]
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Two-part TV adaptation of Sebastian Faulks's best-selling novel, charting a doomed love story played out against the backdrop of World War One. In 1910 Englishman Stephen Wraysford (Eddie Redmayne) travels to Amiens, France, to stay at the family home of wealthy factory owner René Azaire (Laurent Lafitte). While there, he begins a passionate affair with René's young wife, Isabelle (Clémence Poésy), eventually convincing her to leave her abusive husband for him. Years later, long after events have conspired to send them both their separate ways, Stephen, now witnessing the full horror of life on the Western Front, decides to make contact with the only woman he ever loved.
BIRDSONG, a Sebastian Faulks's novel, about one man's intense experience of the extremes of both love and war. BIRDSONG follows an English soldier (Eddie Redmayne) fighting in the trenches of northern France, when he is haunted by the memories of his forbidden love affair with a French woman (Clemence Poesy). This two-part adaptation by Abi Morgan, THE HOUR and THE IRON LADY and directed by Philip Martin.