A Month In The Country (1987)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

United Kingdom, 1987.  Channel Four Films, Euston Films, PfH Ltd..  Screenplay by , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

This mild British drama features powerful acting and a warm, enveloping storyline as it follows three post-World War I characters and their experiences in a small English village. Colin Firth is an artist who has shown up to restore a five centuries-old mural that has been hidden under layers of white paint on a church wall. He befriends a rector’s wife () who visits daily and becomes enchanted with the painting and with the artist himself. They also strike up a friendship with a soldier (Kenneth Branagh) who has come to look for the grave of a church’s patron’s ancestor while also escaping a few personal demons of his own. It’s not exceptional on the whole, but it is very entertaining and the actors do a terrific job keeping you in the story.


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