How I Live Now stars Saoirse Ronan as an American refugee sent to live with distant English relatives during a third world war. Based on Meg Rosoff’s novel of the same name, Daisy (Ronan) resents being forced to move away from her home, but quickly adjusts to life in the English countryside. However, all too soon, even her new home is impacted by the war, which is when trouble really starts for Daisy.
The trailer looks intriguing, but it’s too soon to tell how faithful an adaptation it will be. However, it’s by no means the first story to have been told about the plight of those forced to evacuate their homes. Here’s a selection of some of the best.
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe is based on CS Lewis’ book of the same name and tells the story of the Pevensie children, who are evacuated during the Second World War and sent to live in the countryside. They are placed with Professor Digory Kirke, who lives in a large mansion. Lucy, the youngest Pevensie (Georgie Henley), discovers a large wardrobe while playing hide and seek, which transports her to another world, Narnia.
The children’s evacuation from London isn’t the only example in the film – Narnia is under the control of the evil White Witch (Tilda Swinton), who encounters Edmund (Skandar Keynes), Lucy’s older brother, and kidnaps him to prevent the fulfilment of a prophecy which would see the end of her reign. Lucy and her other brother and sister, Susan (Anna Popplewell) and Peter (William Moseley), befriend a couple of beavers who agree to help them and are then forced to leave their home to evade the Queen’s troops.
The first of three adaptations so far of Lewis’ saga, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe remains the most commercially successful of the franchise. It was critically acclaimed and won a number of awards, including the Academy Award for Best Makeup. Henley was particularly singled out for praise, winning a number of awards for Best Young Performance or Best Actress.