A2P Cinema 100 Films of the Aughts
A2P Cinema 100 Films of the Aughts
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MY SUMMER OF LOVE
2004 - Pawel Pawlikowski - United Kingdom
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My 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.
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