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My Summer of Love
For local girl Mona (Natalie Press) living in the beautiful countryside of Yorkshire is not much of an excitement. Each day she has to endure her brother's struggle to rebuild his life as a reformed Christian after many years spent in a correctional facility. Mona has no one to talk to, no one to share her life with, she has no one to love. But when upper class charmer Tamsin (Emily Blunt) accidentally meets Mona the two girls immediately create a bond which they swear will last forever. Living in a world where fantasies seem as real as the never ending summer they enjoy the two girls fall madly in love. But every summer must come to an end…
Directed by acclaimed director Pawel Pawlikowski (Last Resort) My Summer of Love is a complex and extremely well-put together film that delves deep into the intimate world of two girls bound to discover that being young and in love could be a rather disappointing experience. Placed in a town where everything seems to have come to a complete stop and only the summer sun is consistently beating down My Summer of Love reminded me a lot about the artistic power of Sofia Copola's The Virgin Suicides. It almost felt as if the film did not need any dialog at all as its sheer visual power was simply remarkable.
Graced by an excellent soundtrack (British crooners Goldfrapp have mastered yet another remarkable score) My Summer of Love tangles some very edgy issues in its web. Amidst the splendid visuals of Yorkshire Pawel Pawlikowski has snuck in religion, sex, and class division in an explosive mix that contradicts the quiet nature of the film and keeps you guessing exactly where this love story will take you next. Fortunately nothing in this film is what it seems, though one could easily be fooled by its nonchalant pacing, and its multi-layered narrative is well-worth following to the end.
I have seen plenty of comments claiming that this is just another teen movie where two teenagers experience the disappointment of their first love relationships. Nothing could be farther from the truth. I don't quite understand how any film that successfully mixes Nietzsche with Christianity and consequently addresses the brittle world of adolescent love yearning could be characterized as "just another teen movie" but there you have it… some have seen it as such. I saw it as the product of an extremely intelligent director who knew how to reach deep into the hearts of two girls that had nothing but love for each other.
Pure, absolutely flawless cinematic experience that put a warm feeling in me My Summer of Love is a film that offers first class acting. It is not only unusual to witness such high class performances it is downright intimidating to know that both Natalie Press and Emily Blunt are in such an early stage of their careers. Here's a film which proves that you don't need mind-boggling CGI effects, enormous earth-shattering explosions, and a monstrous budget to create a successful film. All you need is a director that knows how to direct, a cast that knows how to act, and a script that leaves nothing but admiration in its readers. Congratulations to director Pawel Pawlikowski, Natalie Press, and Emily Blunt, they have created a film that excels in all three of the above mentioned categories.
My Summer of Love is the winner of the BAFTA Award for Best British Film, an Outstanding Directorial Achievement in British Film Award (Pawel Pawlikowski) granted by the Directors Guild of Great Britain, Best New British Feature Award at the Edinburgh Film Festival, etc.
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