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4.14

Awesome: 25%
Worth A Look64.29%
Average: 10.71%
Pretty Bad: 0%
Total Crap: 0%

4 reviews, 4 user ratings


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My Summer of Love
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by Kevin Thomas

"You mean...the North isn't just chirpy desitution?"
4 stars

Underage drinking? Excessive usage of the ‘F’ word? Not set in London? We’re heading directly for a gritty Northern kitchen sink drama that’s probably meant to deal with ‘issues’ and things aren’t we? All we need now is Kathy Burke and a teenage pregnancy and we’re there.

Well that’s what you’d think for the for around thirty seconds, but then you realise that this is something a little bit different. Nathalie Press plays Mona; a girl who lives in a broken down Yorkshire pub that has been recently closed down by her fanatical born again brother. She hides her pain by investing her all in relationships with married men who use her for sex. On the other side of the tracks, Emily Blunt plays Tamsin; a troubled teen who’s been sent home from boarding school for being a bad influence. She tries to cover over her troubles by trying her utmost to remain cold and cynical (usually failing) about just about everything. A chance meeting brings them together, but it would take nothing short of a hurricane to pull them apart.

As they take shelter from their own problems by immersing themselves in the other’s they become a part of each other. They symbolise this by kissing a lot, because, you know, this is art and no one can make any friends in an arty film without having passionate sex. Fact. To be fair, although the movie is riddled with pretensions, it rarely falls victim to them. It does just about manage to walk the knife edge right up until the closing scene (which, without spoiling too much, is a bit of a shocker), but it really is a knife edge.

The girls themselves put in excellent performances, and Mona’s extreme-Christian brother (Paddy Considine) is astounding. We follow them through the summer (during which there is, unsurprisingly, a fair bit of love) and watch as they slowly come to terms with their lives. The only real faults with the movie is that it lacks any kind of real path or goal as it meanders through the months, so the absence of any kind of focus might annoy some. The virtually plot-less structure means that it’s very difficult to see where anything is going, and that can often mean that your mind wanders away from the action.

However, if simply going with the flow in the company of a brilliantly performed little character drama sounds like your cup of tea, then you can’t go far wrong with this.

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User Comments

6/10/09 RHYS Good acting, scenary and Emily nude. Slow, cop out ending should have been much darker. 3 stars
3/28/07 fools♫gold A quadruple-layered glorious chiller. 5 stars
9/18/05 roberta weisberg Too tragic to believe that such loneliness produces such self loathing. 3 stars
8/24/05 thejames people only like this because of the lesbian scenes. 3 stars
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USA
  17-Jun-2005 (R)
  DVD: 04-Oct-2005

UK
  N/A

Australia
  30-Jun-2005


Directed by
  Paul Pavlikovsky

Written by
  Paul Pavlikovsky

Cast
  Nathalie Press
  Emily Blunt
  Paddy Considine
  Dean Andrews



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