Summer of Love is a rather typical coming of age story yet
is so well made and acted that you easily absorb into the
film. Telling the simple story of a spoiled girl on vacation
(Tamsin), a tomboy (Mona), and her ex-con/born-again brother
(Phil). The film focuses almost completely on these three
characters and ultimately examines issues of sexuality, religion,
and class. While on the surface, My Summer of Love is a story
about a doomed romance between two opposites, it is essentially
a film about discovery- personal and spiritual discovery.
Nathalie Press and the wonderful Emily Blunt give remarkable
performance as the two young women. Blunt is an actress destined
for great success and this is her breakout performance. Pawel
Pawlikowski's direction is focused and the film is beautifully
shot. My Summer of Love has plenty of conventions, yet there
is a warmth to this film that makes it unique.