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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1.66 : 1
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The producer Robert Fox is the younger brother of Edward Fox (Major Wilshaw) and the former son-in-law of Vanessa Redgrave (Miss Bentley). 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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Wonderful Romance for mature people
15 February 2001 | by (Alabama) – See all my reviews

I chose this movie for our Valentine's night movie and it was perfect! It is a romance for and about mature people -- that is, people in the later years of their lives. If you are in your teens or even 20's, this movie may not appeal to you. And if you like hot, sweaty sexual scenes, it will definitely disappoint. It is flirtatious, funny, elegant, tasteful, uplifting and amusing. The scenery and setting at Lake Como, Italy in 1937 are serene and beautiful. They don't make many movies like this anymore; finding this 1995 jewel was a rare pleasure.

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