Thursday, December 13, 2012
My Summer of Love by Pawel Pawlikowski, 2004 (R)
with Nathalie Press, Emily Blunt (Wild Target, The Adjustment Bureau, The Five-Year Engagement, Your Sister's Sister, Looper), Paddy Considine, Dean Andrews, Michelle Byrne, Paul Antony-Barber, Lynette Edwards, Kathryn Sumner
Mona is tired of her working-class roots, and Tamsin is bored with her pampered lifestyle. When their opposite worlds collide unexpectedly, the girls sense an immediate attraction. But can their unusual friendship survive their differences?
I saw this movie for quite some time in the queue, or recommended, but finally realized the main actress was the really mainstream Emily Blunt, so I got curious. There is in lesbian movie genre a very limited choice of good quality productions, which at this point in time as still very much indie movies. Alright, having said that, let's go back to the movie. The acting is really good, truly convincing from the three main characters, the two girls and the converted ex-con brother. The set is very simple, with an attempt to be at the same time raw but stylized. It reminded me in more than one way of "Fish Tank" where the most rebellious kid is also at the same time the most innocent, the less exposed to the game of power. It really surprised me in many way, perhaps because it is not so much a romantic movie than it is about social classes in England, about mentalities. It really made a point, even if it is a pessimistic one. Strong movie.