Thursday, 6 August 2020

Summerland

Arterton and Gugu Mbatha Raw

The Brits are brilliant at making wartime whimsy movies
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society was a real winner recently and following close on its heels and with a similar heroine and cast in tow is the gentle Summerland 

Shrieking wartime shabby chic Gemma Arterton plays Alice, a bad tempered single writer of books who explore and discounts folklore and myths. Alice lives in the most beautiful cottage overlooking the Kent white cliffs, is mean to children who refer to her as a witch and lives to write. Unfortunately a young boy Frank, (Lucas Bond) is billeted with her from his London home and their initially prickly relationship rekindles past memories of a failed lesbian affair Alice had in the 1920s.

Crusty writer, lonely boy, angry villagers.....the whole movie isn't original by any means, and in actual fact the movie looks as though it is shot from one field over looking the most impressive of the Dover Cliffs but in Arterton's sensitive hands this is a charming tale of lost love and longing

I loved the powerful little scene when over dinner one night Frank innocently guesses that Alice's past love was a woman.
"Would it bother you if I say you were right?"  Alice asks tentatively 
And when the little boy replies honesty No
Her pure emotional release literally breaks your heart in its intensity.

Unlike The Guernsey Potato Pie etc Summerland has a small supporting cast which do very little
Tom Courtney turns up as the blustering local schoolmaster and Sian Philips ( I thought she had died) plays a local grandmother who played the moral high ground card.

If  you want a bit of light whimsy which will make you cry , go and see Summerland 
Arterton and Kent , has never looked better 



25 comments:

  1. I should watch more films.

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  2. In the U.S. I am willing to give a try to any BBC program that we can get on our PBS. Thanks.

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  3. I loved the Potato Peel Society book, and I also watched the film on Netflix. Not sure if I can get this in the USA, but I will check it out.

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  4. That looks like a gorgeous film, but I can't watch anything that might make me cry these days. Maybe later, though. And I love the phrase "wartime whimsey movies".

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  5. Barbara Anne12:29 am

    Oh, I also thought Sian Phillips had died. Remember "Dune"?

    I loved the Potato Peel Society book and movie. I'll look for "Summerland". Ta for the review.

    Hugs!

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  6. Your mention of this film in a previous post intrigued me. Appeared to look like a film I would enjoy. I live in New York State and all our cinemas are shut down, so I was going nowhere. I was lucky and found it ON DEMAND. Let me tell you that your review was spot on. My thoughts exactly, only you wrote it better.

    I was also surprised to see Sian Philips. Last time I saw her, she played Marlene Dietrich on Broadway, oh so many years ago.

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  7. That sounds like my sort of film; I was wondering just recently what had happened to Tom Courtney.

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    1. His list of recent films is impressive cro
      Quartet Reginald Paget
      2013 Night Train to Lisbon Older João Eca
      2015 45 Years Geoff Mercer Silver Bear for Best Actor
      London Film Critics' Circle Award for Actor of the Year
      Nominated—British Independent Film Award for Best Actor
      Nominated—European Film Award for Best Actor
      Nominated—Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actor
      2015 The Legend of Barney Thomson Chief Superintendent McManaman
      2016 Dad's Army Lance Corporal Jones Film adaptation of original BBC sitcom
      2018 The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Eben Ramsey
      2018 King of Thieves John Kenny Collins
      2019 The Queen's Corgi Prince Philip (voice role)
      2019 The Aeronauts Arthur Glaisher [7]
      2020 Summerland Mr. Sullivan

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  8. Is this based on a book I wonder? as it sounds similar to something I've read except the boy was older and happened upon the woman and her home by chance. I shall investigate

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  9. So that's how they did it in wartime England, basically force people to be foster parents? I would think such a system would be rife with abuse. Of course, with a blitz going on, the authorities probably didn't have time to think it through.

    "Frank innocently guesses that Alice's past love was a woman."

    That right there makes me want to see the movie just to see how something like that would be innocently guessed at. You didn't say how old this boy was, but until I was in my teens and started to have those feelings myself, gays and lesbians were just mythical creatures. I certainly wouldn't have been able to guess somebody was gay. I'm not even good at it now!

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    1. The boy was around 10 and so and the revelation was not specifically a gay one just the fact Alice loved another woman rather than a man

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  10. It's not showing here [yet?] at the only cinema open in Worthing, the one other cinema being still on hold re screenings. Haven't been to Brighton for 11 months now and I don't fancy resuming visits. Anyway, under present circs the already diminishing allure of the cinema for me has faded yet further.

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  11. That sounds right up my street! I'll get the DVD when it comes out.

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  12. I think it looks beautiful-I saw a short clip on tv this week x

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  14. Good to know! I hadn't heard of this one.

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  15. Both movies sound wonderful John, I don't know where I would be without public broadcasting for British films and series I very rarely watch anything else. The American movie industry has gone to pot no acting required just action and background noise.

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  17. That sounds right up my street. I've loved every film Gemma Arterton has been in. But I'll probably wait for the DVD of this as I'm thinking I'll be wanting to see it more than once. 😃

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