My Summer of Love

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Overview

Two young women find love under difficult circumstances in this distinctive drama. Mona Natalie Press is a 16-year-old girl living in a small mining town in Yorkshire. There has never been much to do the neighborhood, and there's even less going on now that her older brother, Phil Paddy Considine, who runs the local pub, has become a rabid born-again Christian and is turning the tavern into a hall for prayer meetings. Tasmin Emily Blunt is another teenage girl who lives nearby; her mother is a successful actress ...
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Overview

Two young women find love under difficult circumstances in this distinctive drama. Mona Natalie Press is a 16-year-old girl living in a small mining town in Yorkshire. There has never been much to do the neighborhood, and there's even less going on now that her older brother, Phil Paddy Considine, who runs the local pub, has become a rabid born-again Christian and is turning the tavern into a hall for prayer meetings. Tasmin Emily Blunt is another teenage girl who lives nearby; her mother is a successful actress who is usually away on projects, and her businessman father is too busy with his mistress to pay his daughter much attention. When Mona and Tasmin meet, they don't quite hit it off, as Mona working-class attitude doesn't quite mesh with Tasmin's more refined and educated veneer. But with few other people their age to hang out with, Mona and Tasmin become friends, and with time their friendship grows into something more intimate. However, Mona and Tasmin discover it's not easy to keep their budding romance a secret in such a small town, and when Phil finds out about his sister's Sapphic leanings, he is certain Tasmin is possessed of evil spirits which could hurt Mona. My Summer of Love was enthusiastically received in its premiere screenings at the 2004 Edinburgh Film Festival.
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Special Features

Feature Commentary with Pawel Pawlikowski; My Summer of Love Soundtrack Spot
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Any attempt to describe My Summer of Love -- as, say, "a class-conscious lesbian drama" or "the tale of two beautiful teenaged girls discovering themselves...and each other" -- threatens to reduce writer/director Pawel Pawlikowski's singular achievement to a dour stereotype or a titillating come-on. Make no mistake, this film matches its touching romance with acid wit and its careful social anthropology with gorgeously sun-dappled imagery. The result is a picture so perfectly balanced that it carries the joy, and the weight, of real life. The authentic performances earned international attention for stars Natalie Press, with her sly intelligence and wide-open face, and Emily Blunt, with her regal self-possession and flashes of vulnerability. As adolescent loners untied by a common contempt for what's expected of them, the actresses inhabit their carefully drawn characters completely. Factor in Ryszard Lenczewski's gorgeous cinematography, electro-pop duo Goldfrapp's evocative score, and Pawlikowski's discerning adaptation of Helen Cross' novel, and you have a pastoral romance that's both lyrical and unsentimental. Who knows why sapphic teens inspire so many filmmakers to such great heights, but My Summer of Love joins Heavenly Creatures and Show Me Love in the art-house canon.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/4/2005
  • UPC: 025192745027
  • Original Release: 2004
  • Rating:

  • Source: Focus Features
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:27:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 8,532

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Natalie Press Mona
Emily Blunt Tamsin
Paddy Considine Phil
Dean Andrews
Technical Credits
Pawel Pawlikowski Director, Screenwriter
Chris Auty Executive Producer
Netty Chapman Art Director
David Charap Editor
Christopher Collins Producer
Julian Day Costumes/Costume Designer
Alison Goldfrapp Score Composer
Will Gregory Score Composer
Will Gregory Score Composer
Buffy Hall Casting
Emma Hayter Executive Producer
Ryszard Lenczewski Cinematographer
John Pearson Sound/Sound Designer
Tanya Seghatchian Producer
John Stevenson Production Designer
David M. Thompson Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Summer of My Love
1. Main Titles [1:46]
2. Meeting Mona Lisa [3:02]
3. Spiritual Fulfillment [4:20]
4. "The Swan" [5:07]
5. Philosophical Views [2:18]
6. A Different Brother [4:07]
7. Alarming Distraction [4:03]
8. Crimes of Passion [4:09]
9. Up and Running [6:06]
10. Emotional Outpour [2:11]
11. Caught in the Moment [2:50]
12. Cruel Joke [2:48]
13. Reclaiming the Valley [4:24]
14. Communing [5:24]
15. Feeling Good [9:26]
16. Evil Doings [7:18]
17. Playing a Part [6:59]
18. End Titles [7:38]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Summer of My Love
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   Scenes
   Languages
      Spoken Language
         English 5.1 Dolby Digital
         English 5.1 dts
         Feature Commentary with director Pawel Pawilowski
      Subtitles
         English sdh*
         Español
         Francais
         Subtitles: Off
   Bonus Features
      Feature Commentary with Pawel Pawlikowski: On
      Feature Commentary with Pawel Pawlikowski: Off
      My Summer of Love Soundtrack Spot
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Provocative and Enchanting

    This movie is one of the best foreign films I have seen in years. It is what I call an emotional thriller. Two girls from two totally different lives falling into each others illusions. One’s life has been structured and the other’s a chaotic mess, and when they meet they begin to fall into each other’s delusional worlds. At one point they begin to lust for each other, envy each other, and even love one another, but what seems to be is not always truth. As lies and envy begin to unravel, Mona finds that everyone close to her it seems is fake. Her beloved brother a christian faker, her boyfriend fakes his feelings for her, and her new friend and lover Tamsin makes up a dramatic life to replace her boring existence. Set behind some of the most beautiful countryside scenery this movie takes your breath away and moves your soul.

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