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My Summer of Love (2004)

In the Yorkshire countryside, working-class tomboy Mona meets the exotic, pampered Tamsin. Over the summer season, the two young women discover they have much to teach one another, and much to explore together.

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A tale of obsession and deception, and the struggle for love and faith in a world where both seem impossible. The film charts the emotional and physical hothouse effects that bloom one summer for two young women: Mona, behind a spiky exterior, hides an untapped intelligence and a yearning for something beyond the emptiness of her daily life; Tamsin is well-educated, spoiled and cynical. Complete opposites, each is wary of the other's differences when they first meet, but this coolness soon melts into mutual fascination, amusement and attraction. Adding volatility is Mona's older brother Phil, who has renounced his criminal past for religious fervor - which he tries to impose upon his sister. Mona, however, is experiencing her own rapture. "We must never be parted," Tamsin intones to Mona but can Mona completely trust her? Written by Focus Features

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The most dangerous thing to want is more.


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Rated R for sexuality, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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1 July 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mi verano de amor  »

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£1,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$90,022, 19 June 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$992,238, 7 August 2005
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Trivia

Pawlikowski felt Emily Blunt was the perfect choice for Tamsin and that the chemistry between Press and Blunt was perfect right from the start. See more »

Quotes

Tamsin: What do you think of this place?
Mona: It's funny.
Tamsin: It's like lego, it's all sort of pretend.
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Connections

Featured in The EE British Academy Film Awards (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

String Quartet No. 2 in D
Composed by Aleksandr Borodin (as Alexander Borodin)
Licensed by Boosey & Hawkes Ltd on behalf of HNH International Ltd
Performed by The Budapest Haydn Quartet
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It's like lego, it's all sort of pretend.
11 May 2007 | by See all my reviews

This film is basically about two girls who find each other and engage in a tender and passionate love affair. One might stop right there and feel that that makes for a great movie.

However, this film is so much more. It had the unfortunate circumstance of going up against Vera Drake, else it might have taken every British and European award for 2004.

Yes, there is a tender and passionate love affair between Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada), in only her second film, and Nathalie Press (who we will see this year in Brontë). But the film is so much more.

They don't spend all their time making love; they do have some fun, and it's really funny.

There is the brother, played by Paddy Considine (Hot Fuzz), who found Jesus in prison (don't they all?) and is concerned for his sister's soul. His new-found spirituality is severely tested and found wanting.

Things are not what they appear, and director Pawel Pawlikowski does a great job of taking us to the surprising ending. Just when you think you know how it will end, you are fooled and fooled again.

This is a must-see.


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