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Film Series : A Fine Romance

My Summer of Love

2004, Pawel Pawlikowski, UK, 86 min.
With Natalie Press, Emily Blunt

Show Times

  • Fri, Feb 28th 6:15pm
  • Sat, Feb 29th 4:15pm
  • Wed, Mar 4th 8:00pm

"Lovely…a triumph of mood and implication."—A.O. Scott, The New York Times

"Superbly acted, movingly written, and directed with a tough-minded lyricism rarely found in today's films."—David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor

Though now better known for his Polish-made Oscar nominees IDA and COLD WAR, director Pawlikowski first made his mark with a series of critically acclaimed British productions. MY SUMMER OF LOVE is a classic entry in the adolescent summer- romance tradition, reinvigorated by its same-sex orientation and by Pawlikowski 's unique ability to mix dark twists with exhilarating bursts of self-assertion. Orphaned, dumped by her boyfriend, and dismayed by her ex-con brother's recent embrace of religious zealotry, 16-year-old Mona (Press) is stagnating in a Yorkshire village when she encounters the glamorous, self-dramatizing rich girl Tamsin (Blunt, charismatic in her breakthrough role). Collaborating on reckless pranks and lazy summer outings, Mona bonds, makes love, and falls in love with Tamsin, but class differences, her brother's new-found moralism, and Tamsin's taste for fantasy threaten to turn it all into a seasonal mirage. 35mm. (MR)

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