My Summer of Love –
UK – Dir
Pawel Pawlikowski – 3/5
(This is the review I did when I saw
the film at the 2005 Sydney Film Festival.)
A small film to open the SFF. Hasn't this been done better in Heavenly Creatures? Nathalie Press
impresses as Mona, but the jury is out on Emily Blunt. Neither is a
Samantha Morton or Emily Watson, & the film isn't Morvern Callar.
It could have gone in any one of several directions, but doesn't. It
hasn't got a strong narrative, but is content to dwell on the girls
(and their clothes, and their bodies). Probably this film would mean
more to the English - last rose of summer & all that.
Still, it is visually stunning, with fabulous framing but with some
distracting handheld camerawork. For me, the most interesting aspect of
the film was its treatment of Born-again Christians - critical but
sympathetic. Here Paddy Constantine gives very strong support. The
ending will keep you thinking for quite a while.