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Summer Lover (2008)

Sappho (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 5 March 2008 (Ukraine)
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Sappho, a newly wed American wife, with her husband on the Greek island Lesbos, goes through the pain of unrequited love to a young woman, very much like the namesake poet in ancient times.


Robert Crombie


Robert Crombie
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Cast overview:
Avalon Barrie ... Sappho Lovell
Todd Soley Todd Soley ... Phil Lovell
Lyudmila Shiryaeva ... Helene Orlov
Bogdan Stupka ... Professor Orlov
Elissaios Vlachos Elissaios Vlachos ... Dionisios
Vassilis Psychogiopoulos Vassilis Psychogiopoulos ... Barber
Oksana Osipova Oksana Osipova ... Maria
Sergey Kosenko Sergey Kosenko ... Christos
Anatoliy Semenov Anatoliy Semenov ... Tattoo-Artist
Bakhtiyar Aliev Bakhtiyar Aliev ... Island Resident
Seit-Khalil Ametov Seit-Khalil Ametov ... Island Resident
Vasily Andrus Vasily Andrus ... Island Resident
Diana Asonova Diana Asonova ... Island Resident


"And? What comes next?" "It's lost. We'll never know." "Perhaps we should decide for ourselves" Sappho is a provocative and passionate love story set in the 1920s. Millionaire's daughter Sappho Lovell arrives on the Greek island of Lesbos for her honeymoon with her artist husband Phil. There she meets Helene, the daughter of a Russian archaeologist, and she falls in love with her. As our three lovers live out a complex girl-boy-girl sexual triangle, Sappho also comes to believe that she is the reincarnation of the ancient poetess Sappho - that Sappho who first put the "lesbian" in Lesbos. However, our modern Sappho does realize how the ancient Sappho's legend ends... Inspired by the poems of Sappho Written by Robert Crombie

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Love is what is love


Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

5 March 2008 (Ukraine) See more »

Also Known As:

Summer Lover See more »

Filming Locations:

Crimea, Ukraine See more »


Box Office


$1,950,000 (estimated)

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Crombie Film, Yalta-Film See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although the main character is named Sappho, the movie is not based on the Greek poetess. See more »


Phil: And? What comes next?
Helene: It's lost. We'll never know.
Sappho: Perhaps we should decide for ourselves.
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Scene 14, Marina
(From the ballet 'Zorbas')
Composed by Mikis Theodorakis
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An interesting journey into the realm of intimacy
19 May 2008 | by kkkkoooollllSee all my reviews

An American couple goes to Greece for their honeymoon, and soon after befriends a smart and beautiful Russian girl, who feels lonely on the island while her father does important archaeological work. You can probably guess where the movie plot is going, but yet it is full of surprises and unexpected psychological twists and turns. Without giving any spoilers away, I would say that the plot would keep you on the edge of your seat up until the very last scene (which I found shocking and somewhat regrettable). I especially liked the dialogs, full of eloquent allusions - they were quite thoughtful and sophisticated. And last, but not least - you get to see beautiful panoramic views of mesmerizing nature, sea, and shores as well as detailed scenes of town's life with its own cultural treasures and unique customs. And lots of tits and ass as well :)

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