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Tortoise in Love (2012)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 13 July 2012 (UK)
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Tom, gardener at the big house, can talk to plants but not to women. When beautiful Polish au pair Anya arrives for the summer, Tom falls for her catastrophically like the felling of one of the giant trees he cares for in the grounds.






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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Mitchelson ... Tom
Alice Zawadzki ... Anya
Tom Yates ... Harry
Mike Kemp ... Albert
... Brendan
Duncan Armitage ... Jason Grandage
Des Brittain ... Spud Collington
... Mrs Summers
Sharon Gavin ... Charlie
... Jane
... Liz Collington
... Sean
Philip Herbert ... Bob Hardcastle
Tony Long ... Jack Partridge
Petina Hapgood ... Mary


Tom, gardener at the big house, is not a fast mover with women. In fact he's glacially slow. When beautiful Polish au pair Anya arrives for the summer, Tom falls for her catastrophically like the felling of one of the giant trees he cares for in the manicured grounds. Tom's adviser in matters of the heart is young Harry, abandoned by the rich owners of the house to run wild in the gardens. Harry's secret wish is for the Red Arrows to appear at the village fair: Tom's is to win the heart of Anya. Both seem impossible dreams until the whole village decides to lend a hand. Written by Guy Browning

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He likes you. He's just a slow mover.




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Release Date:

13 July 2012 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

The Husband Obedience Trials  »


Box Office


£160,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film was made on a very low budget. Many local companies sponsored it or gave their services for free, and many residents of Kingston Bagpuize (the main filming location) helped with production and appeared as extras. See more »


Featured in The One Show: Episode #7.95 (2012) See more »

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Gentle, amusing love story in beautiful setting
5 July 2013 | by See all my reviews

We screened this film recently at our little wooden village hall, having already seen it once last year. This community effort with mainly amateur actors, set in a gorgeous country house, in a pretty Oxfordshire village, was very well received. The story is deliberately slow, which is indicated by the title, with mostly quintessentially English characters and a nod to "The Go Between". While the audience are aware of the plot from the outset,the gentle comedy carried our audience along joyfully. This is not a film for viewers who want car crashes and gun fights. It celebrates the small pleasures in life: music, plants, love & constancy. Made on a small budget, it is refreshing to see such a charming result. The inhabitants of Kingston Bagpuize can rightly be very proud of their work.

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