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My Summer of Love (2004)

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In the Yorkshire countryside, working-class tomboy Mona meets the exotic, pampered Tamsin. Over the summer season, the two young women discover they have much to teach one another, and much to explore together.

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Pawel Pawlikowski

Writers:

Helen Cross (novel), Pawel Pawlikowski | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Natalie Press ... Mona
Emily Blunt ... Tamsin
Paddy Considine ... Phil
Dean Andrews ... Ricky
Michelle Byrne Michelle Byrne ... Ricky's Wife
Paul Antony-Barber ... Tamsin's Father
Lynette Edwards Lynette Edwards ... Tamsin's Mother
Kathryn Sumner Kathryn Sumner ... Sadie
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Storyline

A tale of obsession and deception, and the struggle for love and faith in a world where both seem impossible. The film charts the emotional and physical hothouse effects that bloom one summer for two young women: Mona, behind a spiky exterior, hides an untapped intelligence and a yearning for something beyond the emptiness of her daily life; Tamsin is well-educated, spoiled and cynical. Complete opposites, each is wary of the other's differences when they first meet, but this coolness soon melts into mutual fascination, amusement and attraction. Adding volatility is Mona's older brother Phil, who has renounced his criminal past for religious fervor - which he tries to impose upon his sister. Mona, however, is experiencing her own rapture. "We must never be parted," Tamsin intones to Mona but can Mona completely trust her? Written by Focus Features

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The most dangerous thing to want is more.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 July 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mi verano de amor See more »

Filming Locations:

West Yorkshire, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£1,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$90,022, 19 June 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$992,238, 7 August 2005
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the book, Mona and Tamsin are both 15. See more »

Quotes

Tamsin: If you leave me, I'll kill you.
Mona: If you leave me, I'll kill you... and then I'll kill myself.
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Referenced in Uphill for Jesus (2008) See more »

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Tres Caravelas
Written by Augusto Algueró (as Dasca Alguero) and Santa Guardia
Performed by Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso
Licensed courtesy of Universal Music
Copyright Warner Chappell Music Publishing Ltd
Used by kind permission
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it captures a certain something
19 November 2004 | by Fiona-39See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this film. I especially liked the langour of its pacing (helped by a wonderful soundtrack), certainly at the start where we simply observe the girls hanging out together drinking copious amounts of red wine and smoking constantly. Something about the timelessness, the heaviness of the heat, the bird song and buzzing insects caught perfectly that summer after 'A' levels where there is nothing to do but simply live, spend time with friends, and fantasies can take on a larger and more defined shape than realities. The 'lesbian' angle was handled deftly - though as another user commented, it would be good to see a film which manages to trace the intensity of female adolescent friendships without having them be sexual in nature - but this is a very special time, and the film caught that beautifully. The poignancy of Mona's existence was undersold as well, which gave it a greater power - she is the one who has truly suffered loss, whereas Tamsin... well, you have to make up your own mind about that. A minor film, but hits its notes perfectly.


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