One Life: True Story Of Sir Nicolas 'Nicky' Winton

One Life: True Story Of Sir Nicolas 'Nicky' Winton

Movies have always been my steadfast companions since childhood. They allow the viewer to achieve a heightened awareness, delving into diverse facets of life, the universe, and other profound concepts. A keen observer, I immerse myself in films from various countries and languages, navigating through realms of fiction that often mirror and transform existing realities, rendering them comprehensible in new ways.

Upon seeing the teaser for the film One Life, I found myself caught by the promise of an extraordinary cinematic journey. Eager anticipation gripped me as I awaited its release, yearning to experience its splendour in high-definition. The inclusion of Sir Anthony Hopkins, a personal favourite, only heightened my excitement, initiating a countdown to its unveiling.

At last, the day arrived when the movie became accessible. What unfolded before me was a masterpiece, an emotionally stirring narrative that resonated deeply within me, evoking tears. Witnessing the profound struggles depicted there left a great impact on me.

Anthony Hopkins delivers a terrific performance, effortlessly embodying selflessness while infusing the character with a poignant sense of defeat. His portrayal elicits genuine empathy, his tears invoking a shared emotional resonance. With an exceptional cast including Helena Bonham Carter, Johnny Flynn, and Johnathan Price, the film is a tale of altruism amidst adversity.

This historical account, which shows the wartime efforts of Sir Nicholas 'Nicky' Winton, serves as a poignant reminder of humanity's capacity for compassion and selflessness. Despite facing insurmountable odds, Winton's determination to save 669 predominantly Jewish children during the tumult of World War II remains an enduring testament to the power of empathy.

This film is part of our relatively modern history and I believe it is a must-watch. With an absolutely stellar cast, it is intriguing, poignant and an incredibly powerful experience that had me totally gripped from the start. I had never heard of Nicholas Winton before this film, yet now I will never forget his name and what he managed to achieve, against all the odds. I would urge anybody that believes in humility, compassion and helping others to go and watch this simply because it is a true story, with real characters and it is absolutely humbling.

Anthony Hopkins is an extraordinary actor and I cannot think of any other who could have played the part so well. Every single actor in the film is superb. It is a story of immense emotion – I dare anybody not to cry! The scenes where he meets up with some of the adults who he saved as children were wonderfully underplayed – and all the more amazingly touching for it.

For a friend of mine, a Czech woman born in 1949 in the Sudetenland region but living in Great Britain since 1969, the story meant a lot to her. She told me, “You may cry a lot as my daughter Stefanie and I did. You will be enriched after viewing this film about the greatness of the human spirit and about people who care nothing for their own safety in order to help others.”

Usually, I do not get emotional at films, and I nearly did with this one, which is a true accolade as to how moving it is. It really makes you feel present in that time and space, engaged with the struggle faced by Nicholas Winton, the traumatic evacuations and the emotional aftermath. I have watched it three times now, and found it more captivating each time. Highly recommended.

The author is a singer, blogger, human rights activist and film critic