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Seven films to help you make sense of post-Brexit Britain

Whether you voted Remain or Leave, these movies will ease you through post-Brexit blues

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Tom Huddleston
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Like being dumped out of the blue, we’re still shocked and reeling from the referendum result. But whether you're a gutted remainer, a Eurosceptic-y leaver or a floppy haired prime ministerial candidate, here are seven movies that might help you make sense of it all. (Or simply cheer you up a bit.)

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If you’re… heartbroken that the UK is leaving Europe
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‘The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp’ (1943)

Why watch? The relationship between the UK and Europe has always been and will always be special, especially at times of war and hardship. Like the murdered MP Jo Cox said: 'We have more in common than that which divides us'. That’s exactly what this WWII masterpiece by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger (who came to Britain after fleeing the Nazis) reminds us at every turn.

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If you're... an unrepentant Leave voter

3. If you're... an unrepentant Leave voter

'The Italian Job' (1969)

Why watch? Leave campaign superstar Michael Caine gives Johnny Europe what-for as he leads a bunch of plucky Brits on a wild crime caper. Maybe don’t spend too long thinking about the final scene where they’re all teetering on the edge of a cliff.

If you’re... a Londoner who wants independence from the rest of the UK

4. If you’re... a Londoner who wants independence from the rest of the UK

‘Passport to Pimlico’ (1949)

In this Ealing comedy classic, the borough of Pimlico goes rogue and leaves Britain. Could it work in London? Well, the Pimlicans are thwarted by the fact they can’t grow or make anything. So unless we all start planting veg in our window boxes, we’re snookered.

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If you’re… a regrexiting Leave voter
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‘The Usual Suspects’ (1995)

Why watch? Hindsight is everything. In this classic thriller, the clues to unmasking a killer are staring the cops in the face, but nobody puts it all together until it’s way too late. Oops.

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‘Children of Men’ (2006)

Why watch? This feels like a convincing vision of London in approximately three months time: the rich live in gated communities, immigrants are forced into internment camps and the rest of us just wander about looking pissed off and smoking copious amounts of weed.

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