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A Month in the Country (1987)

Five centuries ago a mural was created in a country church in the north of England and then hidden under layers of white paint. Looking at it again will be a distraction, the Rev. Mr. Keach... See full summary »

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Cast

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Birkin
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Old Man on Train
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Ellerbeck
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Reverend Keach
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James Moon
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Colonel Hebron
Tim Barker ...
Mossop
Vicki Arundale ...
Kathy
Martin O'Neil ...
Edgar
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Alice Keach
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Douthwaite
Eileen O'Brien ...
Mrs. Ellerbeck
Elizabeth Anson ...
Lucy Sykes
Barbara Marten ...
Mrs. Sykes
Ken Kitson ...
Mr. Sykes (as Kenneth Kitson)
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Five centuries ago a mural was created in a country church in the north of England and then hidden under layers of white paint. Looking at it again will be a distraction, the Rev. Mr. Keach tells WWI veteran Tom Birken who will spend a month in the country restoring the mural. Another veteran, James Moon, is looking for the grave of an ancestor of the patroness of the church who fought in the Crusades. The rector's wife, Alice, comes to see the mural and later visits Birken's bell tower abode, bringing a basket of apples. Will she open the book in which he has pressed the yellow rose she gave him earlier? Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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4 December 1987 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

En månad på landet  »

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$443,524 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Filmnig took place during a summer that was extraordinarily wet even by British standards, and the numerous outdoor scenes in the beautiful summer weather had to be shot during short breaks in the clouds. See more »

Goofs

According to Alice Keach, her roses are the variety Sarah Van Fleet. However, the film is set in 1920 and Sarah Van Fleet roses were not introduced until 1926. See more »

Quotes

James Moon: So you're married too?
Birkin: Sort of. She went off with another chap. Not for the first time. Can't say I blame her really. Her name is Vinny.
James Moon: Yes, I thought it might be something like that. As for me, never really met the right woman. Luckily for her.
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Breakthrough Stars of 1990 (1990) See more »

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Quattro pezzi sacri
Written by Giuseppe Verdi
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Played when the medieval mural is revealed
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The last movements of a phantom limb
21 November 2000 | by (Rutland, England) – See all my reviews

When an arm or leg is removed, the amputee can continue to 'feel' it for some time afterwards. The phantom limb can hurt, or itch, or feel cold. But nothing is truly the same.

Similarly, the First World War irrevocably altered Britain, but in its immediate aftermath we limped on, unaware (or unwilling to admit) that anything had changed. It's this brief period of denial that Month in the Country illustrates: the moment when we teetered on the edge of the 19th century before toppling into the 20th.

Consequently, while it is a film of great heartbreak and loss, it is also one of great hope and triumph of the human spirit. There is one scene that perfectly illustrates this: a little girl visits her friend, who is sick in bed. She talks about the weather and her new hat and how they'll play together when her friend gets well. Then as she walks back home she says to Colin Firth

'She knows she's dying, doesn't she?'

It is as tragic for the girl to be so knowing and capable in the face of death as it is for young men to have experienced the hell of the trenches and return to indifference and hostility. But because of that tragedy they will go on to experience a more real, and potentially more joyful world, than the other inhabitants of comfortable and conventional Oxgodby.


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