My Summer of Love
Autumn 2005 Main series
Sunday, October 16, 2005 at 4:00pm
Sunday, October 16, 2005 at 7:00pm
Monday, October 17, 2005 at 7:00pm
Monday, October 17, 2005 at 9:30pm
Rated NR ·
Winner of a multitude of awards (including the prestigious Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film at the 2005 BAFTA Awards) My Summer of Love is an unsettling romantic tale set in the Yorkshire countryside. It tells the poignant story of a summer encounter between two young women from entirely different social classes. Mona (Natalie Press) lives with her increasingly evangelistic brother Phil (Paddy Considine, 24 Hour Party People), with whom she runs the local pub. Phil is rapidly becoming a born-again fanatic, closing off the beer taps and hosting Bible readings.
Alienated and disaffected, Mona meets the ethereal and willowy Tamsin (Emily Blunt) in the country. Mona’s working-class accent and roots contrast sharply with Tamsin’s upper-class background and the elegant country mansion where she lives. However, both are bored and at loose ends, so it is not long before they become fast and true friends, confiding all their secrets to each other. Tamsin is home after being expelled from her boarding school and Mona has been effectively evicted by her crusading brother. The two friends join forces and begin a romance based on mutual fascination and sexual attraction. But with the languid days of summer coming to an end, will their sexual obsession and infatuation last?
My Summer of Love has become something of a sleeper hit this past year, wowing crowds wherever it’s played with its sentimental yet harrowing and realistic glimpse into young love and identity issues. A gem of a film.