My summer of love movie review
The Longest Ride by Nicholas SparksIra Levinson is in trouble. At ninety-one years old, in poor health and alone in the world, he finds himself stranded on an isolated embankment after a car crash. Suffering multiple injuries, he struggles to retain consciousness until a blurry image materializes and comes into focus beside him: his beloved wife Ruth, who passed away nine years ago. Urging him to hang on, she forces him to remain alert by recounting the stories of their lifetime together – how they met, the precious paintings they collected together, the dark days of WWII and its effect on them and their families. Ira knows that Ruth can’t possibly be in the car with him, but he clings to her words and his memories, reliving the sorrows and everyday joys that defined their marriage.
A few miles away, at a local rodeo, a Wake Forest College senior’s life is about to change. Recovering from a recent break-up, Sophia Danko meets a young cowboy named Luke, who bears little resemblance to the privileged frat boys she has encountered at school. Through Luke, Sophia is introduced to a world in which the stakes of survival and success, ruin and reward -- even life and death – loom large in everyday life. As she and Luke fall in love, Sophia finds herself imagining a future far removed from her plans -- a future that Luke has the power to rewrite . . . if the secret he’s keeping doesn’t destroy it first.
Ira and Ruth. Sophia and Luke. Two couples who have little in common, and who are separated by years and experience. Yet their lives will converge with unexpected poignancy, reminding us all that even the most difficult decisions can yield extraordinary journeys: beyond despair, beyond death, to the farthest reaches of the human heart.
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By Kristin M. Jones in the May-June Issue. In Pawel Pawlikowski's impressionistic, radiant, and psychologically feverish romance My Summer of Love , which is very loosely based on the central relationship in Helen Cross's eponymous, Yorkshire-set novel, characters seek salvation by controlling others or surrendering control of their lives, but their words often fuel self-delusion and clear a path for betrayal.
My Summer of Love (United Kingdom, 2004)
Her brother has gone bonkers. He's pouring all the booze down the drain and announcing he's turning the pub into a worship center for Jesus people. Mona and Phil inherited the pub from their parents, and live upstairs; Phil Paddy Considine has come to Jesus belatedly, after a spell in prison. Mona Natalie Press gets on her moped, which has no engine but nevertheless functions as a symbol of escape, and wheels it into the country outside their small Yorkshire town. That's the day she meets Tamsin.
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My Summer of Love (United Kingdom, 2004)
In Theaters. Coming Soon., Pawel Pawlikowski's The Last Resort was one of the best-received British films of recent years, picking up countless critical plaudits and establishing its director as one of the brightest new talents around.
My Summer of Love reserves the irony of its title for viewers who see the entire film. Yes, this is about the events of a summer, but it's up to the individual to decide whether what we're seeing on screen is love, a crush, co-dependency, or something altogether different. To a certain extent, this is a coming-of-age story. It's about a girl encountering a lot of things one would not normally expect her to experience in the kind of dead-end rut of existence she has fallen into. This summer unlocks impulses buried deep within her, some of which she acts upon and some of which she avoids - if only barely. The story unfolds in and around a small Yorkshire town, which is home to year old Mona Natalie Press and her older brother, Phil Paddy Considine. Phil is an ex-con, who, upon his release from prison, reveals himself to be a changed man, having given himself to Jesus while inside.
Based on the novel of the same name by Helen Cross , the film explores the lesbian relationship between two young women from different classes and backgrounds. Working class Mona Natalie Press , whose once-hotheaded brother Phil Paddy Considine became a born-again Christian in prison, meets upper middle class Tamsin Emily Blunt , in her theatrical film debut who suffers from a lack of love in her family. In Yorkshire , Tamsin rides her horse and chances upon Mona. Tamsin is from an upper-middle-class family and says she has been suspended from boarding school. Mona comes from a family of criminals with only her brother Phil alive. Both of the girls seem to regard their lives as mundane.