- Actors: Colin Firth, John Atkinsons, Jim Carter, Patrick Malahide, Kenneth Branagh
- Directors: Pat O'Connor
- Format: PAL
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: PG
- Studio: Cinema Club
- DVD Release Date: 9 Aug. 2004
- Run Time: 95 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B000296G7U
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,759 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
A Month In The Country [DVD]
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Colin Firth and Kenneth Branagh star in this British drama adaptation of J.L. Carr's novel. Set in Yorkshire in the summer of 1920, the film follows war veteran Tom Birkin (Firth) as he spends a month in the English countryside carrying out restoration work on a medieval mural in a rural village's church. As he tries to recover from the lingering trauma of the First World War, Tom befriends fellow veteran and archaeologist James Moon (Branagh) who has been tasked with finding a lost grave.
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In a heartbreaking style, it captures the spirit of a beautiful book (J L Carr's one indisputable literary success, in my view). It delicately depicts the restoration of hope and the enduring power of art. Love, marital sterility, friendship, meanness of spirit, pain, treachery, courage, fortitude, innocence, artistic sensibility, religious and class distinction: all and more are portrayed in the course of a real but tiny drama. His painstaking and loving restoration of a long-lost religious wall painting in the depths of the northern English countryside goes in parallel with some measure of restoration of the spirit of a man who has been damaged by the Great War.
The actors achieve something remarkable, expressing depth of character and real feeling despite the accurately represented debilitating reticence of English people trying to reach out to each other. War and the lingering effects it has on people are clear themes; the contrast between the real suffering of Birkin and the self-regard and self-pity of the Rev. J. G. Keach are intensely moving, yet delicately suggested.
The photography is ravishingly gorgeous. The use of music - notably Schubert, Mendelssohn and Vaughan Williams - is achingly apt. Indeed, the commentary that is implicit in the choice of music adds something more to the film that was not and could not be in the novel. There is also an intense 'thingness' about this film: objects are used in the most perfect way, and acquire life and meaning. The Sarah Van Fleet Rose, the Ribson Pippin Apple - these give a sense of particularity and veracity to the story. The hints at a remote historical connection between the north of England and the Levant are also drawn out in material as well as verbal terms. The echo that Moon provides to T E Lawrence is also subtly but effectively sounded, in terms of story and characterization.
The image of the aged Birkin at the end, with his copy of Banister-Fletcher in his hand, going into the church is beautiful if painful to see. Time has passed and the woman who might have given so much happiness to him is obviously a distant memory.
The film itself is lovely, and has been reviewed by numerous others as well as on the various movie websites. I won't add my own plot summary or review and concentrate solely on the technical aspects of the BFI DVD +Blu-ray edition I purchased (see product link above).
You get both the DVD and Blu-ray disc in one case. Depending on how you watch your movies, you may be buying and paying for an extra disc that's no good to you. The film is nicely restored, the picture is clear and the colours are very vibrant. The sound is good, but due to the rather strong (Yorkshire?) accent of many of the characters, some viewers may need the (optional) subtitles to help them understand every word of the dialogue. This is not a complaint, the film is set in Yorkshire and the accents are appropriate and add to the charme of the film.
One shortcoming of the DVD is the absence of a scene/chapter selection in the menu. If you want to find a particular scene you have to navigate blindly by skipping forward or backward until you find it.
A nice feature are the recent interviews included in the extas, about 20 mins with director Pat O'Connor and 40 mins with lead actor Colin Firth, both looking back at the film some thirty years after its release.
There is also a feature length commentary with film historians Julie Kirgo and Nick Redman, which plays without the audio track of the film. A pity, because at times it would be nice to hear the dialogue of scenes that are being discussed. Some of the commentary is interesting, but personally I would have prefered a commentary by the director and/or lead actors. The choice of an American lady who struggles with the word "Buckinghamshire" (one of the filming locations) as main commentator seems odd. Ms Kirgo's suggestion to just go with "B-shire" for convenience is cringeworthy. From that point on, she had lost all credibility as a competent expert as far as I am concerned. And much as I enjoy Colin Firth's performance here and respect him as an actor in general, her prattling on about how young and beautiful he is here, was getting on my nerves. I cannot think why the BFI choose this particular lady as commentator.
Having said all that, I enjoyed the film very much and will likely watch the DVD again in the future, but definitely not with the comments track selected.