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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.

Director:

Pawel Pawlikowski

Writers:

Helen Cross (novel), Pawel Pawlikowski | 1 more credit »
9 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »

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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

The film was shot in a span of 5 weeks after some intensive location-scouting by Pawlikowski. See more »

Quotes

Phil: What is wrong with you?
Mona: I just miss me brother.
Phil: I'm here.
Mona: That ain't you. It ain't.
Phil: Oh no, this is me, this is the real me.
Mona: I want the old Phil
Phil: Well that old Phil, he didn't make me very happy.
Mona: He made me happy. I love my brother, he used to be real. I haven't got any family, me home's changed, no one fancies me...
[breaks into tears]
Phil: [hugging Mona] Oh Jesus watch over this child, watch over her...
[...]
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Soundtracks

The Dying Swan
Written by Camille Saint-Saëns
Arranged by Robert Sharples
Performed by Emily Blunt
Licensed courtesy of MCPS
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Another disappointing ending
27 August 2006 | by jazzyjeffgSee all my reviews

Beautifully acted and gorgeously filmed, this movie had all the makings of a great combination coming-of-age story slash love story, but it encountered the same problem so many other almost-great movies (Rain Man, anyone?) have: it has no ending...it just...stops. Naturally the climax is the most difficult story element to envision and pull off, but come on, you gotta put in a little more effort than this. The film's third act contains some delightful twists, which seem to set the stage for a powerful ending, but it seems like the filmmakers simply ran out of ideas, or couldn't agree on one. Still worth your time, for the fantastic performances of Emily Blunt (remember that name!!) and the always reliable Paddy Considine, not to mention the lead (I forgot her name), but it just leaves such a bad taste in your mouth when a movie comes this close to being great.


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