Broken Journey

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  • Approved
  • 1948
  • 84 hr
  • 5.9  (267)

Broken Journey is a British drama film from 1948 that will take you on an emotional ride. Directed by Ken Annakin, the movie stars Phyllis Calvert, Margot Grahame, and James Donald. The film opens with a group of passengers boarding an airplane in Lisbon. Onboard, we are introduced to a wide range of characters - from the married couple Keith (James Donald) and Eleanor (Phyllis Calvert) who are on their honeymoon to the inquisitive journalist Joan (Margot Grahame) who is investigating the effects of the war on the locals in the Far East.

The plane is headed to Cape Town but is forced to make an unexpected landing in the middle of the Sahara Desert due to mechanical trouble. The passengers are stranded with limited food, water, and no means of communication to the outside world.

As days turn into weeks, the odds of them being rescued seem increasingly slim. The passengers soon realize that they are not only stranded in the middle of nowhere but also stranded with their own thoughts, fears, and secrets.

The film does an excellent job of exploring the relationships among the passengers. Each one of them is dealing with their own personal struggles - some have lost loved ones, some are running from their past, and some are struggling to find their place in the world.

As tensions rise and emotions run high, the passengers are forced to confront their fears and confront each other's shortcomings. Keith and Eleanor's new marriage is tested when they find out that they cannot conceive children. Joan, the journalist, starts to question her own motivations for being on the plane in the first place.

As they struggle to survive in the unforgiving desert, they begin to form unlikely bonds and find solace in each other's company. One of the standout performances in the movie is from Phyllis Calvert, who portrays Eleanor with grace and poise. Her character is the emotional center of the film, and her struggles to come to terms with her infertility add a layer of depth to the storyline.

The film is shot in a documentary-style, which adds authenticity to the scenes. The use of real locations and unconventional camera angles immerses the viewer in the story, and you almost feel like you are stranded in the desert with the passengers. The cinematography is breathtaking, and the scenes of the barren desert landscapes are awe-inspiring.

Overall, Broken Journey is a thought-provoking film that explores the depths of human emotion and resilience. It's an interesting commentary on the human condition during times of hardship and is a testament to the power of human connection. If you're a fan of classic British cinema or enjoy character-driven dramas, then definitely give Broken Journey a watch.

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    5.9  (267)