Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

A Summer to Remember

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

A Summer to Remember

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My Summer of Love

* Directed by Paul Pavlikovsky * Written by Pavlikovsky, based on the novel by Helen Cross * Nathalie Press, Emily Blunt, Paddy Considine * Focus Features

Anyone smitten with the obsessive love at the center of Peter Jackson's Heavenly Creatures will go bananas over My Summer of Love, a quasi-British take on a similar lesbian teen affair.

The class conflict between these lovers might have turned the film into a flat reworking of an overdone British story line, but director Paul Pavlikovsky develops the characters so fully that the movie transcends cliche. Uninhibited Mona (Nathalie Press) is a high-energy workingclass kid who lives above the pub her late parents ran in a bleak West York shire town. An open book, she is completely unpretentious--something that cannot be said about gorgeous, rebellious Tamsin (Emily Blunt). The two meet one day on a country road--Mona on a bike, Tamsin on a horse--and quickly develop an obsessive friendship. One day they kiss, then become inseparable lovers. As the film's title suggests, however, theirs is a summer fling. …

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