A young couple share a summer romance / trio with a visiting American artist. A story about love, relationships, nature, art, death and the meaning of life set in a beautiful scenery. After the death of her father a young woman retreats to the coast with her boyfriend, only to find herself longing for sexual exploration with another man that soon leads to more... It tells of a couple who return to the Fleurieu Peninsula from Sydney after the death of the young women's father. They become involved with an artist who is inspired by the coastal sands and colourful rock faces of the South. Written by
After Wayne Groom's previous feature, MASLIN BEACH (1996), many people were expecting another flesh-fest with little story. Therefore, many people were disappointed: the plot synopsis read well (three hot young bodies involved in a spicy affair)! Unfortunately, Groom has extended his dialogue, questioning life, the universe and everything, which he also did in MASLINS but everyone was focused on the closeups of vaginas. Here, there's far too much talk: some of it makes a little bit of sense, as Laing's character is questioning her existence, but to use it as an excuse to get it on with another guy besides her boyfriend at the same time, and THEN to not show us lots of nudity, is surely not a good thing. Penthouse Pet of the Year, Bree Maddox, does make a short, sharp and shiny appearance: in one scene she's buck naked on the beach, but alas, it's at night. The actual quality of SUMMER OF LOVE is slightly higher than MASLINS (the acting, cinematography, etc...), but not by much. Someone should tell Groom how he'd REALLY get people to see his films.
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