One Life

Showings

Manhasset Cinemas Mon, Mar 4 7:00 PM

James Hawes | UK | 110 Min | 2023 | English

ONE LIFE

In this vivid and stirring historical drama, based on true events, two-time Academy Award winner Sir Anthony Hopkins gives an intensely moving performance as Sir Nicholas Winton, a humble, mild-mannered British stockbroker who helped rescue hundreds of Jewish children from Europe on the verge of the Second World War, an act of compassion that was almost forgotten for 50 years.

In 1938, Nicholas Winton was a mild-mannered British stockbroker who became increasingly unsettled by the news of what was happening in continental Europe. After a spur-of-the-moment decision to join friends in Prague to help a growing number of refugees, his life — and the lives of hundreds of Jewish children facing the threat of Hitler’s regime — changed forever. Resolving to take whatever action he could, Winton returned to London and conscripted his indefatigable mother (played by the wondrous Helena Bonham Carter) for what would become years of fundraising and fighting bureaucracy in order to begin transporting children to safety in the UK.

Sir Anthony Hopkins masterfully portrays the deeply humble and almost-anonymous Winton of the 1980s. When his ever-patient wife (Lena Olin) asks him to declutter his office, Nicholas uncovers the long-buried folders and notes that hold the many names of all the children he saved, sparking memories of his wartime efforts. We then follow the younger Nicky, played by Johnny Flynn (Clouds of Sils Maria), in his sincere and rallying race against an impending war.

Nicholas' scrapbook triggered a series of events that culminated in the long-delayed celebration of his life-saving achievements when the BBC invited him to a television program that made him an icon of compassion. His story resonates in our time, as we continue to grapple with war and growing antisemitism. In addition to being a remembrance of bravery and goodness in times of evil, One Life is a vibrant reminder of the importance of human compassion and our ability to make a difference.

"Hopkins's subtle, emotionally powerful performance grounds the film, and he's aided by classy support from Lena Olin, Helena Bonham Carter and his Two Popes co-star Jonathan Pryce." - Jeremy Aspinall, Radio Times.

DIRECTOR'S BIO

James Hawes was born in Wimbledon, England. His many television directing credits include The Challenger Disaster (2013), two feature-length finales to the series Black Mirror (Hated in the Nation and Smithereens), and Slow Horses (2022). One Life is James' feature film debut.