|Intelligent and free-spirited, Vera overcomes the narrow-mindedness of her conservative parents and wins a scholarship to Oxford. Entranced by her brother’s dashing friend Roland, who shares her literary aspirations, she plunges into an intoxicating romance. In love and on the cusp of fulfilling her ambitions, Vera’s dreams are brutally shattered by the onset of war. When Roland and her brother ship out to the front, she abandons the cloistered environs of university life and volunteers as a nurse. Immediately confronted with the reality of the war’s victims, her life is irrevocably changed as she loses, one-by-one, the young men she held so dear. Mingling innocent charm with dogged persistence, Alicia Vikander (A Royal Affair) is marvelous as the sharply perceptive Vera. A searing journey from youthful hopes and dreams to the edge of despair and back again, it’s a film about young love, the futility of war, and how to make sense of the darkest times.