One of the centerpiece films at the 17th Annual NewFest was
MY SUMMER OF LOVE, Pawel Pawlikowski’s award-winning follow-up
to his acclaimed LAST RESORT.
A romantic drama about two young girls from different worlds,
MY SUMMER OF LOVE is based on the novel by Helen Cross.
Pawlikowski and Michael Wynne crafted a superb adaptation, taking
great liberties with the original source material but remaining faithful
to the tone and spirit of Cross’ novel.
Ginger-haired, freckled faced Mona (Natalie Press in an auspicious
film debut) lives with her brother Phil, a born-again Christian (the always
superb Paddy Considine), over The Swan, what was formerly their
family’s pub but is now a sort of religious meeting house. Mona is
chafing under her brother’s newfound fervor (at one point she breaks
down in tears claiming she doesn’t have any family left). On a beautiful,
sunny day, she encounters the slightly mysterious Tamsin (a terrific
Emily Blunt) who tells her from the start that “I’m a bad influence on
people.” Rather than heading the warning, Mona is drawn to the young
girl and the girls eventually form a friendship that gives way to a deeper
Pawlikowski has directed the material with sensitivity and honesty.
The relationship between Mona and Tamsin is presented without
prurience and is quite believable thanks to the nuanced acting of the
Viewed at the Broadway Screening Room
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