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A Month by the Lake (1995)

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For 16 years Miss Bentley has been spending April at an elegant hillside villa on Lake Como. This year, 1937, her London society artist father has recently died and the only other ... See full summary »



(from: the novella "A Month by the Lake" by), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
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Carlo Cartier ...
Mr. Bonizzoni
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Ayanta Barilli


For 16 years Miss Bentley has been spending April at an elegant hillside villa on Lake Como. This year, 1937, her London society artist father has recently died and the only other English-speaking guests are brash Americans. Then Major Wilshaw arrives. He suggests they meet for cocktails and Miss Bentley stands him up -- not even thinking about it -- as she helps the new nanny of an Italian family settle in. Miss Beaumont, a tall, young American who has dropped out of finishing school in Switzerland, is bored and finds some amusement in flirting with the major, whose libido is awakened for the first time since before the great war. And Miss Bentley now finds more about the major to admire than his ears. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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A charming, wealthy English gentleman. Two beautiful women. If it only takes a moment to fall in love, imagine what can happen in...


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for moments of sensuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 September 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amor à Beira do Lago  »

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Box Office


$2,196,534 (USA)

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1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film also reunites Edward Fox with Vanessa Redgrave since their previous film Oh! What a Lovely War (1969). There is a gap of twenty-six years between the two films. See more »


At 15:23 the Major clearly hits the ball over the net and onto Miss Bentley's side of the court but at 15:27; Vittorio sees the ball go up and over the roof of the pavilion [where the onlookers are seated underneath]. Then at 15:31-36, the same ball hit at 15:23 can be seen again as it rolls across the court from Miss Bentley's side and past her and the Major's unsuspecting feet rolling to a stop just outside the pavilion. Next Miss Bentley calls out to the onlookers for a ball but she would only have to look to her left and find the ball on the ground. See more »


[first lines]
Miss Bentley: The story begins on Lake Como, many years ago during the last fantastic summer before the war.
Miss Bentley: Returning to the lake has always seemed like coming home. Everyone is so friendly. Everyone is welcome. The Villa Barbianello basks all day long in the lakeside sun, which is hotter than usual for late April.
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A Tripoli
Written by C. Arona
Performed by Accademia Musicale Italiana
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Uneven, Unpleasant
13 December 2004 | by (Dane, WI) – See all my reviews

I don't usually comment but for once I don't agree with anybody else. Quite simply, I think this movie was confused and exaggerated and a waste of acting talent. The premise is a mix of standard conventions, the "white expatriates in a romantic foreign land" meets "laughter in the shadow of war" framework. I wouldn't mind the clichés so much, if not for:

-Edward Fox's bizarre performance as the major, where he seems to waiver between creepy predator and grinning imbecile.

-Typically elegant Vanessa Redgrave in a goofy impulsive performance where her seemingly complex inconsistencies really just make her look foolish.

-Uma Thurman makes it hard to remember why she doesn't totally suck as an actress. I rarely knew what emotion she was trying to convey but perhaps people could be confused into thinking she was layered and mysterious.

-The grinning Italians in the background might as well be Mario and Luigi for all the depth of character we get to see. They bob around happily, cheering and waving and doing pratfalls.

-The central element, the love story between Redgrave and Fox, is totally stiff and unbelievable and made me feel weird just watching it.

All told, I watch about 5 videos a week and this is one of the very few movies I have shut off before it's done. stay away.

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