Christopher Monger has written and directed this adorable film set in a charming little village in Wales during World War I. It tells the story of two British cartographers played by Hugh Grant (Four Weddings and a Funeral) and Ian McNeice (84 Charring Cross Road) who are sent by her majesty to measure the elevation of Frynnon Garw, considered by locals to be the first mountain in Wales. When doubts arise concerning Frynnon Garw's status as a mountain, the villagers, led by elderly Reverend Jones (Kenneth Griffith), set out to preserve their dignity and prevent the focus of their pride from being labeled for all eternity as a mere "hill."
The acting is excellent in this film, particularly Colm Meaney (The Snapper), as the owner of the village hotel and pub and Griffith as Reverend Jone. Both men are extremely talented and their antics and expressions really touched my funny bone. Overall, however, the film failed to hold my attention and I'd have to say it is more quaint than entertaining. Tara Fitzgerald's (Hear My Song) character, Betty, was difficult to read and the film's romantic element was both awkward and unrewarding.
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