Plot – In the Yorkshire countryside, working-class tomboy Mona meets the exotic, pampered Tamsin. Over summer, the two young women discover they have much to teach one another, and much to explore together – My Summer of Love.
Director – Pawel Pawlikowski
Released – 2004
My Summer of Love takes you on a dark and interweaving story of three individuals living in rural Yorkshire. Mona (Press) a tomboy that lives in a former pub ran by her religious ex-con brother, Phil (Considine) and rich girl Tamsin (Blunt). The major theme of the film seems to be selfishness. With the relationships between each character comes under pressure because certain characters self-absorption and desires to do things without considering others. Giving this movie a much darker energy than expected and makes this a hugely entertaining affair.
Grabbing you from the instant the opening credits roll, you’re presented with a mundane scene in which Mona sits alone in her room while Goldfrapp’s “Lovely Head” plays. After which, My Summer of Love chooses to forsake style and focus on gritty realism. Crafting three complex leads, exploring their thoughts and desires in a way that feels natural and well thought out, though it helps that the film starred three talented (though relatively unknown at the time) actors to portray them. Natalie Press and Emily Blunt make the central roles as two young lovers, their own, while Paddy Constantine puts in a performance that makes me want to experience more of his work.
My Summer of Love has flown under the radar since its release back in 2004, which is unfortunate, as this film is at least as good, if not better, than the indie favourites of that year, such as Sideways or Garden State. The perfect coming of age infatuation gone sour movie.
if you liked: Heavenly Creatures, Fish Tank, Gods Own Country