During World War II, an Englishwoman opens her heart to an evacuee after initially resolving to be rid of him in this moving journey of womanhood, love and friendship.


Jessica Swale


Jessica Swale
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gemma Arterton ... Alice
Gugu Mbatha-Raw ... Vera
Penelope Wilton ... Older Alice
Tom Courtenay ... Mr. Sullivan
Lucas Bond ... Frank
Dixie Egerickx ... Edie
Siân Phillips ... Margaret Corey
Amanda Root ... Mrs. Lawrence
Jessica Gunning ... Mrs. Bassett
David Horovitch ... Albert
Martina Laird Martina Laird ... Older Vera
Amanda Lawrence ... Muriel
David Ajao David Ajao ... Officer
Thomas Coombes ... Air Raid Warden
Rakhee Thakrar ... Mrs. Evans


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 IFC Films

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Love. Magic. Hope.


Drama | Romance | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic content, some suggestive comments, language, and smoking | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Mbatha-Raw and Wilton also appeared together in "Belle" (2013). See more »


Alice stops smoking about one-quarter into the movie, very unlikely. See more »


Alice: You can't be stupid all your life.
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Arterton and Swale are a DUO to be reckoned with.
31 July 2020 | by slangcaresSee all my reviews

This Directorial debut by Jessica Swale offers the viewer some main takeaways-Very strong acting from lead Gemma Arterton. A real powerhouse of an actor that one can see welcoming an Oscar into her home sometime in the next coming years. Arterton manages to captivate the character Alice smoothly for the entire length of the film not once losing the viewers interest to learn more about what makes her tick. Also, Swale offers a cast of adults and children that work together very well with chemistry and comedic timing. Lucas Bond and Dixie Egerickx have a strong future in film and stage ahead of them for sure! Plus, a production team that makes a visual impact using set designs, scenery and colours to hold the greatest cinephiles attention to even the smallest of details like the red push pins Alice uses on her boards. The story is one of magic, family, love and loss with possibility threading it all together. Where it missed being a 10 out of 10 for me was the relationship aspect with Gugu Mbatha-Raw for I would have like to have seen her acting abilities a bit heightened instead of simply radiating beauty. At the climax of the film, her acting tended to be a bit rehearsed and the lines flowed without expression yet Arterton surely makes up for anything that might be out of sorts. The cinematography is beautiful. I highly recommend and am just being picky yet I really respect this film and am so glad it was made. Well done.

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Release Date:

31 July 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Summerland See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,881, 2 August 2020

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Company Credits

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Iota Films, Shoebox Films See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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