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Ciné Sunday: Military Wives

Peter Cattaneo

Peter Cattaneo (The Full Monty) brings us an emotive and poignant story about a group of women who realise that their partners in Afghanistan aren't the only ones whose circumstances can lead to unbreakable bonds of camaraderie and belonging.

"An emotive and poignant story..."

Life on a military base can be uneventful, especially for the wives left behind when their partners are called to duty. Kate (Kristin Scott Thomas) is one of these women, bearing the stress and monotony with grace and fortitude. As the long-standing chair of the Social Committee, Kate has a hard time stepping away when newcomer Lisa (Sharon Horgan) is appointed in her place. The two women have very different approaches: Kate wants the group to continue with her busy calendar of book clubs and community work, while Lisa prefers to find any excuse for a glass of wine. When the idea of a choir is first broached, the women find common ground – even if they don't see eye to eye on the approach. Nonetheless, as the group begins to practise, they find the joy of singing infectious, and the first military wives’ choir is born.

Discovering that they can rely on each other for more than beautiful harmonies, the members come together to confront the challenges of having a partner at war and to acknowledge how much of their identity is wrapped up in their husbands.