My Summer of Love

by December Lambeth on August 1, 2005

in Movie Reviews 

  • Title: My Summer of Love
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my-summer-of-love-posterMy My Summer of Love is a story of young and not so innocent love between two intoxicating beauties Mona (Natalie Press) and Tamsin (Emily Blunt). Both young ladies having a great deal in common with their beauty, intelligence & style, yet exact opposites in every way from social standards, dress, and demeanor. My Summer of Love shows a little adventure in sexuality and testing the boundaries of a friendship amongst two girls in a passionate summer tale.

My Summer of Love is a story of young and not so innocent love between to intoxicating beauties, Mona (Natalie Press) and Tamsin (Emily Blunt). Both young ladies having a great deal in common with their beauty, intelligence & style, yet exact opposites in every way from social standards, dress, and demeanor. My Summer of Love show a little adventure in sexuality and testing the boundaries of a friendship amongst two girls in a passionate summer tale.

The lead actresses and new comers, Natalie Press and Smily Blunt, are spectacular and quite convincing in their roles and award-winning director Pawel Pawlikowski, brings us a tale of intrigue, faith, mystery, love and intoxicating tenderness.

Mona is a Yorkshire village local, she lives above The Swan, a bar that her parents left to her and her brother, and is the more simple or rather down to earth character. Mona lives with her brother, Phil (Paddy Considine), who is an ex-convict who has found religion and turned the bar into a place of worship and prayer. He spends his days praying for his lost sister and building a crucifix out of the benches and pieces left in the bar. Mona is a working class girl who we never see go to work, but we do see have sex in cars with married men. The minute she opens her mouth it’s obvious what class and ranking she holds in the film, with her big hoop earings and wearing the same outfit everyday.

Tamsin is on vacation from her high dollar boarding school, staying at her parents stone manor castle-like mansion spending her days drinking wine and listening to opera. Tamsin meets Mona while riding her big white stallion and Tamsin is pushing her non-motored scooter. Mona was like a prince on a big white horse to Tamsin, a mythical beauty that she was in complete awe over. The two started hanging out with each other and becoming close friends. At first it started very innocent with Tamsin manipulating and directing the whole relationship trying to play the snob by quoting Nietzsche and Freud.

With the use of cinematography and quick shift perspectives, Pawlikowski, started to bring in a little more eroticism to the relationship. In the beginning it all seemed quite platonic, but the young ladies relationship gets very steamy and escalates, rather climaxes to an abounding romantic and adventurous summer love affair. The two get into a bit of mischief with their little adventures and taunting, trying to get Phil to admit to being a fake and getting revenge on Tamsin’s little married man.

My Summer of Love is a beautifully performed character drama shot on a low budget with a simple approach. The film is intriguing and sensitive with a surprised ending that adds a little smile when it’s all over.

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