VIFF 2014: Queen and Country sees director John Boorman back in form

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      Queen and Country (U.K.)

      Veteran director John Boorman, now 81, picks up where he left off in career high Hope and Glory, with newcomer Callum Turner as Bill Rohan, a stand-in for Boorman just old enough in 1953 to be conscripted in time for the Korean War. The future filmmaker is made a sergeant and sent to the typing pool, where he suffers under a tyrannical noncom played perfectly by David Thewlis.

      Some foreground action is surprisingly ordinary, there are bits of anachronistic dialogue, and the woman who plays his older sister, back from a few adult years in Canada, sports an inexplicable Brooklyn accent. But Q&C gives off an ambered glow that few movie fans will regret basking in for a well-packed two hours.

      International Village, October 3 (8:30 p.m.) and 5 (10:30 a.m.)