Our Rating: ★★★☆☆
L Factor: Lesbian Film
Short Take: Two teens in a tiny Yorkshire town spend a summer enthralled with one another, becoming lovers.
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Year: 2004
Duration: 86 min
Language: UK/English
MPAA: R
Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
Writer: Helen Cross, Pawel Pawlikowski
Starring: Natalie Press, Emily Blunt, Paddy Considine

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My Summer of LoveMy Summer of Love received the Best British Film Award at Edinburgh, as well as a great deal of critical acclaim. But it’s one of those films that you just know isn’t going to end well, and at least for me, that sullen feeling puts a damper on my viewing experience. We need more happy lesbian endings, dang it!

You may still want to view this movie, especially for the wonderful performances by the two leads. Mona (Nathalie Press) and Tamsin (Emily Blunt) are two teens in a tiny Yorkshire town, but with very different lives. Mona lives above a pub with her recently saved brother (Paddy Considine), in a working class life with little to look forward to. Tam is a rich girl home from boarding school, riding her horse, playing the cello, but still bored.

They meet and spend a summer enthralled with one another, becoming lovers and declaring their love for one another. In particular, Mona’s light begins to shine with hope for a future with Tam. When the summer is over, will Tam give up her privileged life to run off with Mona? Not likely. I won’t spoil the specifics, but no one dies, and Mona is at least a little happier with herself in the end. (AB)