A Month by the Lake (1995)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  22 September 1995 (USA)
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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 »



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Complete credited cast:
Major Wilshaw
Signora Fascioli
Carlo Cartier ...
Mr. Bonizzoni
Vittorio Balsari
Natalia Bizzi ...
Signora Bonizzoni
Frances Nacman ...
1st American Lady
Paolo Lombardi ...
Riccardo Rossi ...
Sonia Martinelli ...
Veronica Wells ...
2nd American Lady
Carlotta Bresciani ...
Bonizzoni Angel
Bianca Tognocchi ...
Bonissoni Angel
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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...


Comedy | Drama | Romance

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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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$2,196,534 (USA)

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Did You Know?


Edward Fox and Uma Thurman had previously co-starred in Robin Hood (1991), which was also directed by John Irvin. See more »


The position of Ms. Bentley's racket while she's playing tennis. 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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Music by F.D. Marchotti
Performed by Accademia Musicale Italiana
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A fine film, unnoticed by most
4 February 2003 | by See all my reviews

I have watched this film often, and it improves with time. Ms Redgrave is captivating. Mr Fox, a bit of a fop, elicits my sympathy vis-a-vis his bad treatment from Ms Thurman. It is beautifully filmed and has the quality unique to films not American made. Not necessarily better, just different. Did I not say I was enchanted with Ms Redgrave's character? I liked her for her maturity, her vulnerability and her decency. I wanted them to get together and the last scene delighted me.I recommend this film to those who do not need blockbuster productions in order to be entertained. It's a gem!

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