My Summer of Love

November 5th, 2004


My Summer of Love

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In the Yorkshire countryside, working-class tomboy Mona (Press) meets the exotic, pampered Tasmin (Blunt). Over the summer season, the two young women discover they have much to teach one another, and much to explore together.

Release Year: 2004

Rating: 6.9/10 (9,433 voted)

Critic's Score: 82/100

Director: Pawel Pawlikowski

Stars: Natalie Press, Emily Blunt, Paddy Considine

A tale of obsession and deception, and the struggle for love and faith in a world where both seem impossible. The film charts the emotional and physical hothouse effects that bloom one summer for two young women: Mona, behind a spiky exterior, hides an untapped intelligence and a yearning for something beyond the emptiness of her daily life; Tamsin is well-educated, spoiled and cynical. Complete opposites, each is wary of the other's differences when they first meet, but this coolness soon melts into mutual fascination, amusement and attraction. Adding volatility is Mona's older brother Phil, who has renounced his criminal past for religious fervor - which he tries to impose upon his sister. Mona, however, is experiencing her own rapture. "We must never be parted," Tamsin intones to Mona but can Mona completely trust her?

Writers: Helen Cross, Pawel Pawlikowski

Natalie Press - Mona
Emily Blunt - Tamsin
Paddy Considine - Phil
Dean Andrews - Ricky
Michelle Byrne - Ricky's Wife
Paul Antony-Barber - Tamsin's Father
Lynette Edwards - Tamsin's Mother
Kathryn Sumner - Sadie

Taglines: The most dangerous thing to want is more.


Official Website: Official site [uk] | Official site [United States] |

Release Date: 5 November 2004

Filming Locations: Cornholme, West Yorkshire, England, UK

Box Office Details

Budget: £1,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: €7,242 (Netherlands) (24 April 2005) (5 Screens)

Gross: $992,238 (USA) (7 August 2005)

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Did You Know?

Marcel Cerdan, the boxer, wasn't Edith's husband. He was her lover and the love of her live. He died in a plane crash and she never recovered from his death. Edith Piaf never killed anyone (that we know of) and certainly did not kill anyone with a fork.

Tamsin: I just felt so useless. She was my one sister, my beautiful sister and she started to turn into this monster. These bones on her body just started to jut out like someone had stuck daggers under her skin. And her hair, she started growing hair all over her body - it was like a sort of dense fur...

User Review

it captures a certain something


I really enjoyed this film. I especially liked the langour of its pacing (helped by a wonderful soundtrack), certainly at the start where we simply observe the girls hanging out together drinking copious amounts of red wine and smoking constantly. Something about the timelessness, the heaviness of the heat, the bird song and buzzing insects caught perfectly that summer after 'A' levels where there is nothing to do but simply live, spend time with friends, and fantasies can take on a larger and more defined shape than realities. The 'lesbian' angle was handled deftly - though as another user commented, it would be good to see a film which manages to trace the intensity of female adolescent friendships without having them be sexual in nature - but this is a very special time, and the film caught that beautifully. The poignancy of Mona's existence was undersold as well, which gave it a greater power - she is the one who has truly suffered loss, whereas Tamsin... well, you have to make up your own mind about that. A minor film, but hits its notes perfectly.


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