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5.0 out of 5 stars Gloriously decadent wartime drama
The Camomile Lawn is a production bursting with delicious characters superbly portrayed by a quality cast. The "action" is split between the early years of World War 2 and the "present": 1980's/1990, telling a number of individual but interlinked stories that are by turns touching, shocking and humorous. The lovely Jennifer Ehle as the promiscuous and self seeking...
Published on 27 April 2006 by james-Arundel

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3.0 out of 5 stars Reminiscent randy relationships of relatives and friends
The story starts out with people going to Max's (Oliver Cotton) funeral 40 years after WWII. On the way to the funeral each person, several generations of family and friends reminisce on their earlier war years where five cousins gathered at their uncles' house with a chamomile lawn.

The costumes and sets were impeccable and carried you to a different world and...
Published on 2 Dec 2006 by bernie


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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Camomile Lawn, 9 Feb 2009
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A great and absorbing TV series well worth watching.
It is base on a families life through the second world war and how it affects them,flpping to present day and back to the war at home in the UK.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Camomile Lawn, 30 May 2009
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A really lovely story, which links the generations of the family within it, a must to see how the life intermingles with the cousins, funny, sad, and dramatic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Camomile Lawn Review, 23 Aug 2009
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I purchased this DVD to replace an old video which had got chewed up.
I first saw this series on Channel 4, and loved it. The series follows a "family" through the war, catching up with them some years later at a funeral.
It covers the lost innocence of youth and implications of war from a middle class perspective, which could be seen as slightly out of date now.
It launched the careers of Jennifer Ehle who went on to become Elizabeth Bennet in the BBC series Pride and Prejudice, and Tara Fitzgerald, who has been in many films and TV series, showing her talent as an all round actress.
Felicity Kendal plays a no-nonsense wife to Paul Eddington's fussy husband, and they work very well together.
Highly commended.
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7 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great Cast! Beautifully Filmed! Pointless Story....., 22 Mar 2009
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I have not read the book so cannot tell whether or not this drama was faithful to the original material but whilst the cast is magnificent - Felicity Kendal, Paul Eddington, Jennifer Ehle - and the scenery stunning, the 'plot' seems to involve nothing more than the merry-go- round of 'partner swapping' between the characters.

So if you are looking for a drama about a family during WW2, this is not worth considering. If you like the glorious scenery of Cornwall you may enjoy the views but for fans of members of the stellar cast, this is bound to prove a massive let down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 10 Aug 2014
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Excellent dvd
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 22 Sep 2014
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great item
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 13 Aug 2014
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good movie
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 9 Oct 2014
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Viewing, 10 Sep 2009
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For all those film buffs that enjoy a movie that is not only well done but has an open window to the past then The Camomile Lawn is a superb example. The list of actors is a fine example of the excellence of this work and they lend it a level of competence that can only be seen in this sort of family and period drama. We have also lent the DVD around my family and they have all given its playing outstanding reviews as well.
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12 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Posh tosh, 24 Feb 2009
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The Camomile Lawn has to be one of the worst DVDs I've ever watched. And I was really surprised and disappointed that this was the case. I'd read the hype, and the casting was impressive - Felicity Kendal, Paul Eddington, Claire Bloom, Virginia McKenna, Tara Fitzgerald and Jennifer Ehle. And all under the direction of Peter Hall. Sounded like it couldn't fail.
But no. The acting was as wooden as Uncle Richard's leg. But then how can you expect the cast to act when the storyline is so bereft of, well, story.
No, that's a slight exaggeration. There is a story of sorts. A family of very rich upper-middle class people has homes in London and Cornwall. These rich people like to have affairs - lots of them - and, in some cases, their husband or wives are aware of this and endorse them. But nothing really happens - despite it being set against the backdrop of the Second World War , and the script is totally unconvincing. The annoying thing is that there are actually several subplots with real potential. One concerns Sophie, a ten-year-old, who is flashed at by a coastguard on a lonely stretch of cliff. The coastguard was drunk and falls off the cliff (or was he pushed?) but Sophie (played by Peter Hall's daughter Rebecca - who out-acts the rest of the of the cast put together) doesn't appear to be bothered about the incident and this element of the story is almost ignored. Another subplot concerns two Austrian Jews, Max & Monika Erstweiler, refugees from the Nazis, and their son Pauli, whom they had to leave behind when they escaped, and whom they believe died in a concentration camp. Well he didn't, we discover very near the end, and thirty years later. But there's no explanation as to how he eluded death. It is also alleged that he's an unpleasant person, but there's no reason given for this assertion.
What this drama does have is a fair amount of nudity, particularly on the part of Jenifer Ehle (after previously seeing her in Pride & Prejudice where she was tremendous but extremely chaste, it was quite a culture shock, and one from which I may never recover). I'm no prude and have no objection to hanky-panky (or rumpy-pumpy, or any other rhyming euphemism for fornication you care to use) but this was at the expense of the story rather than enhancing it. As to the merits of Ms Ehle with her kit off, well I thought that Tara Fitzgerald was far sexier and more attractive.
Now I said earlier that the Jewish refugees were a subplot, but the story ends with Max's funeral. Max is a gifted and much loved violinist (he's also much-loving and has affairs with just about all the females in the cast). However, Max's importance was not at all apparent for 95% of the drama - the most "important" being Calypso (Jenifer Ehle). I cannot understand at all the popularity of this film. I must be missing something.
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