LH Movie Review: Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society



Maya Durham, Executive Editor

Lately, it seems like Netflix has been mass-producing originals — from hits like To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and Orange is the New Black to flops like Insatiable, they’re trying to check every genre off their list. A latest release that delves into another century is The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society, a touching film about an author who finds her home on a small island with a misfit book club.

In it, Juliet Ashton, a writer in post-World War II London, receives a letter from a man on the island of Guernsey, telling her he found an old book of hers. He tells her all about his life — a book club started during the Nazi occupation of his island. They go back and forth for a while, learning more and more about each other. Eventually, Juliet goes to Guernsey and falls in love with the island, the people, and the history. She deals with the turmoil of leaving her life and loves at home in London for this new adventure, while learning of the deep, dark secrets this society holds.

It’s the perfect balance of drama, comedy, history, and modernity. While the situations themselves could really only apply to someone living directly post-war, the emotions and relationships that follow are relatable for anybody. It’s a beautiful story about overcoming adversity, found families, and truly going after what you want (instead of what’s comfortable and familiar).