My Summer Of Love (2004)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

United Kingdom2004.  Apocalypso Pictures, The Film Consortium, BBC Films, Baker Street, Take Partnership, UK Film Council. Screenplay by Pawel Pawlikowski, collaborating writer , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by , .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

The age-old spin on first love is given fresh atmosphere in this highly enjoyable though not unforgettable drama.   plays an aimless, working-class girl whose brother () has just gotten out of prison and is turning their family’s pub into a religious centre to suit his new attitude. One day while riding her engine-less motorbike on the road, she has a minor accident and makes the acquaintance of a beautiful heiress () who has just returned to their town after being ejected from her umpteenth school. The two become best friends, then lovers, as Press discovers the confidence to finally throw off her brother’s oppressive control of her while Blunt finally finds comfort from the difficulties she has with her family. The ending comes right out of left-field and may feel a bit rushed to some, but it’s also satisfying and a perfectly level-headed approach to a story that could have just gone bitter. Blunt and Press are both terrific, Considine gives great support, and Pawel Pawlikowski films everything with remarkable pace and energy.

European Film Award Nominations:  Best European Film; Best European Actress (Natalie Press); Best European Director (Pawel Pawlikowski); Best European Cinematographer

Toronto International Film Festival:  2004

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