Alice is a reclusive writer, resigned to a solitary life on the seaside cliffs of Southern England while World War II rages across the channel. When she opens her front door one day to find she's to adopt a young London evacuee named Frank, she's resistant. It's not long, however, before the two realize they have more in common in their pasts than Alice had assumed. Gemma Arterton, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Tom Courtenay star in this intensely emotional story of love's endurance in trying times.Written by
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Delightful and Moving film
My Review- Summerland
My Rating 8/10
This is the fourth film I've seen Gemma Arterton in recently and I think her finest performance . She is a very versatile Actress /Producer .
Her other recent films The Escape (2017) Black Narcissus,(2020) and Vita and Virginia (2018) are all very different roles and tell me Gemma is another of the great younger British Actresses that will follow in the path of Dame Judi Dench and Dame Maggie Smith.
Summerland is a hard film to find it had a very short Cinema release and I couldn't find it on my Streaming channels so I was glad to find it on DVD.
It's beautifully filmed on location throughout East Sussex in the towns of Seaford & Brighton as well as in the county of Kent and at The Historic Dockyard Chatham in Kent .
We first are introduced to the main character Alice as an older cranky reclusive woman ( Penelope Wilton) who just wants to get on typing her novel while being bothered with interruptions from village locals .
Then we return in time to World War 11 and meet young Alice (Gemma Arterton) still a prickly quick tempered reclusive writer, resigned to a solitary life on the seaside cliffs of Southern England while World War II rages across the channel.
Alice has good reason to be cynical and disappointed with life as she has loved and lost . She loved a woman Vera played beautifully by Gugu Mbatha-Raw but as many men and women then had to hide or suppress their sexuality their life together seemed impossible for Vera who wanted children and they parted.
Alice opens her front door one day to find she's to adopt a young London evacuee named Frank, played by young Lucas Bond in another fine child acting role.he's perfection as the young war evacuee.
He gets to portray some very dramatic moments in "Summerland " and I'm so impressed with the quality of child actors and their training in films today.
Alice is horrified at the prospect of sharing her life even for a week with a strange child and she's resistant at first but does her bit for the War effort.
It's not long, however, before the two realize they have more in common in their pasts than Alice had assumed.
This is an intensely emotional story of love's endurance in trying times.
It's beautiful to look at and it has pathos a little whimsy and magic and most importantly a fine script by Jessica Swale an Olivier Award winning playwright , screenwriter and Director.
This film is one instance where the author has also done a fine job directing her film adaptation.
Tom Courtney at 83 years old also gives a great supporting role performance as Mr Sullivan the village elder.
If you can get to see if this fine British film I thoroughly recommend it .
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