Summer in February 2013

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Christopher Menaul directs this British drama based on the lives and loves of the Newlyn School of artists, influential at the beginning of the 20th century. Arguably the wildest and most free-spirited sect of the school is the Lamorna Group, who live together at the Lamorna Valley Estate on the Cornish coast.

Starring:
Dominic Cooper, Emily Browning
Runtime:
1 hour 40 minutes

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Summer in February

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Romance
Director Christopher Menaul
Starring Dominic Cooper, Emily Browning
Supporting actors Dan Stevens, Hattie Morahan, Mia Austen
Studio Metrodome
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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79 of 83 people found the following review helpful By David J. Evans on 24 Nov 2013
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This is a most beautifully made film. The Photography is superb, as is the music. My father, Capt. Gilbert Evans R.E., was definitely in love with Florence (or Blote as she was known). My mother who was twenty two years younger than my father, was only nine in 1914 when the final events took place but she told my brother and me that my father had always told her before their marriage in 1932, that he had been in love with Florence and that there had been this awful tragedy. It must be remembered that the film is made from an historical novel; the line that runs through it is true, but inevitably some of the detail is fiction. The artists party at the end where Alfred Munnings called Florence a whore definitely happened, although in reality there is no evidence that she was pregnant. Cornwall comes over very strongly in the film although it is a pity that some of the filming could not have been done at Lamorna in the cove: the problem was that the cove no longer looks as it did in 1914: it now has two enormous car parks and modern buildings. My father was a classic Edwardian gentleman who was loved by all who knew him and Dan Stevens portrayed his character beautifully. All the parts are so well acted which shows the depth of their understanding of the story.
My wife and I and one of my grandsons had the privilege of seeing some of the filming done at Prussia cove.

David Evans
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Jane Taylor on 30 Sep 2013
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I have read this wonderful book by Jonathan Smith and think this film version does a wonderful job. Brilliant cast - I particularly enjoyed Dominic Cooper's roguish interpretation of artist Alfred Munnings and Hattie Morahan, though not a lead, shines as Laura Knight. This is a moving love film set among a spirited group of artists living and working as a tight knit group in pre-war Cornwall. The coastal landscape provides a stunning backdrop and the musical score is beautiful. Worth watching (and reading)!
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49 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Antenna TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Jun 2013
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The charismatic leader of a bohemian artists' colony in the lovely Cornish coastal valley of Lamorna, A.J. Munnings was correctly predicted by his admiring friends as destined to become the leading painter of his day. As is often the way in a film, the evidence for this is somewhat lacking to the audience.

When the beautiful Florence Carter-Wood escapes from her match-making father to join the group, it is clear from the outset that her enigmatic allure, which may mask darker traits, will draw both the rakish Munnings and his perhaps unlikely best friend, the gentlemanly local land agent Gilbert Evans. One knows it cannot end well, if only because it is 1913, and the Edwardian idyll must be shattered by the debacle of World War 1.

Since this is based on a true story, one has to accept the plot despite a few major incidents which I found implausible. It is well acted, although I thought that Dominic Cooper was insufficiently larger than life to capture Munnings convincingly. The key aspects of the relationship between two male friends caught in a love triangle with the same woman, and the suffocating conventions of Edwardian morality which even bohemian artists could not completely escape needed to be developed in greater depth.

Despite the stunning scenery and pathos of the situation after the initial rumbustious jollity, I was left feeling underwhelmed but have obtained the novel of the same name on which the film is based, since I suspect that this may be more satisfying in, for instance, revealing more about Munnings as a painter, such as his contempt for modern art which is only hinted at in the film. In an infamous speech recorded shortly before his death he claimed that the work of Cézanne, Matisse and Picasso had "corrupted art".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lola TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 13 May 2014
Format: DVD
I am in a minority here, and it pains me to write a negative review for such a well acted and visually beautiful film, but as much as gorgeous scenes of the Cornish coast pre First World War, the film desperately needed some tangible chemistry between the leads, some concrete passion, some sparks. I was dying for any passionate reaction, for any reaction, to tell you the truth, other than longing stares and meaningful silences.

So, the setting: the bohemian England in the beginning of the Twentieth Century, a community of artists in Cornwall. Cue the troubled girl hoping to become a painter, the arrogant and praised A.J. Munnings, and a beautiful and reluctant soldier, Gilbert Evans - here we have the love triangle. "Summer in February" sounds good, and looks good, but it is such a slow-moving romantic melodrama (based on a true story), the movie lacks any vibrant chemistry between lovers that a romantic story like this should have.

It takes so much more than picturesque background, handsome (but tragic) leading actors to gain recognition of the fans of the romantic genre. I am a romantic, and I watch too many rom-coms, and had hope for something moving and unforgettable from "Summer in February" (and not necessarily a happy ending). The film ends, with beautiful music and disappointing anti-climax. Regardless of my 3 stars review, I think the film was a great tool of bringing the attention of viewers to A.J. Munnings, a talented painter who is not widely known. While the biography of Munnings is worth discovering, the film, based on a book by Jonathan Smith, did not translate well into the film.
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