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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

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Love is what is love


Drama | Romance


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


Helene: Have you come to say goodbye?
Sappho: Goodbye?
Helene: Aren't you going home? To America?
Sappho: I am home. This is Lesbos... and I am a lesbian. I've always known who I am. This is my home.
Helene: It's so boring here. You are welcome to it.
Sappho: It's like always a never. The sea breaking against the rocks. The one always wanting. It's the hardest thing loving someone who doesn't love you.
Helene: I'm sorry. It's not my fault.
Sappho: Come and be my girl. To feel your face and hear your footsteps, I'd give the world.
Helene: I am a woman now. I have made love ...
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1st and 3rd movements
(From Symphony No. 3)
Composed by Mikis Theodorakis
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Great chick flick
3 July 2008 | by gingertom007See all my reviews

My girlfriend more or less dragged me to this movie in St. Petersburg, Russia. I was determined to hate it, and I ended up liking it. She'd give it 10 stars, I know, but since this is really a chick flick for girls who are still asking "who am I?", and I'm a guy who already knows who he is, I'll give it eight stars. For the visuals and the music I'd give it ten stars, and the script contains some great lines too, and the actors are all good-looking eye candy - it's just a pity that sometimes it feels that some emotion wasn't felt, just imitated.

All in all, the movie's like a holiday from reality - beautiful landscapes, wonderful costumes, and 2 actresses who look as good with nothing on as with something on, superb music, and a strange story that drags you in and puts you in a trance. It was a real ugly shock to come out of the cinema back to a gray and rainy city again.

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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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