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Month By the Lake [DVD] [1995] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

3.6 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews

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  • Language: English
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005CFBZX4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,095 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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By lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Dec. 2002
Format: VHS Tape
This is a charming film about an older, free spirited English woman, an expatriate who in 1937 Italy is interested in an older, stuffy Englishman who is on vacation at the same lakeside resort. A young American nanny, who is at the resort with the family for whom she works, catches the same Englishman's eye. Their love triangle provides many interesting moments for the viewer.
Vanessa Redgrave, who only gets better with age, is charming as the older woman, Miss Bentley, who finds herself competing for the attentions of Major Wilshaw, curmudgeonly played by Edward Fox. Miss Beaumont, played with a certain repellent insousciance by Uma Thurman, capriciously tosses in her hat into the romance stakes. Miss Bentley finds herself playing second fiddle to Miss Beaumont. A young, attractive Italian, however, sees the charms that Major Wilshaw initially fails to appreciate, and Miss Bentley uses his interest in her to great advantage. When Major Wilshaw finally gets his wakeup call, all is well that ends well.
Miss Bentley's wardrobe and style is simplicity itself. Clearly, she is not a woman to follow fashion trends. Yet, she is clearly a woman who will follow where her heart will lead. The young and nubile Miss Beaumont is much more of a fashion maven, yet she lacks the depths of beauty that Miss Bentley naturally has, a beauty that grows from within rather than from without. This is a lovely movie that will make the viewer dream of a time long past.
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I really enjoyed this film, it was entertaining romantic drama/comedy. The 'Major Wilshaw' character is amusing as he chases after the affections of the young and pretty but shallow Miss Beaumont. Vanessa Redgrave is very good as Miss Bentley, the middle-aged woman who genuinely likes the Major. The Major doesn't realise that Miss Bentley is the one for him but later sees a depth and beauty in her that Miss Beaumont is lacking in. You admire the Miss Bentley character as she shows a confidence, integrity and humour in this love triangle. The scenery of Italy is beautiful and the theme music is nice too.
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By A Customer on 22 Aug. 2004
Format: DVD
I LOVED this film. I saw it on a quiet afternoon after returning from holiday in Italy....The views of the Italian lakes are simply wonderful and the whole atmopshere of the film reminds one of when time was slower and people were more "genteel".. It is set pre WWII and is a gentle comedy/drama. Perhaps for those who are over the first flush of youth, yet feel they have much much more to offer, and this film reminds them they do!
It is a classic, which cannot fail to please.
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By A Customer on 17 April 2005
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I really enjoyed this film, it's an entertaining romantic comedy. The 'Major Wilshaw' (Edward Fox) character is highly amusing as he chases after the young and pretty but shallow Miss Beaumont played by Uma Thurman. Vanessa Redgrave plays the middle-aged 'Miss Bentley, who genuinely likes the Major. The Major doesn't know that Miss Bentley is really the one for him until later when he sees what true beauty is. He comes to see there's depth, beauty and positivity in Miss Bentley that is lacking in Miss Beaumont. You admire the Miss Bentley character as she shows a quiet confidence, integrity and humour in this love triangle. The scenery of Italy is beautiful and the theme music is rather lovely too.
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A Month by the Lake is a sensitive story with excellent actors. It focuses on relationships set within the undercurrents festering in pre war, Fascist Italy. The morals are gently portrayed in settings of great beauty, where the behaviours of the young and the mature are challenged. Whatever century humans live through they will recognise the dilemmas in which the characters are caught. The resolutions offer insights into whether the characters have values underpinning their decisions. Overall, a lovely film, with interesting story lines and wonderful scenery in northern Italy.[ASIN:B0015YY78G Mussolini and The History Of Italian Fascism [DVD].
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This sweet-natured romantic comedy found only a limited audience when it came out, probably because it's the story of two middle-aged people who find themselves improbably drawn to each other.

Miss Bentley (Vanessa Redgrave), a woman of a certain age, has returned for a month to a resort villa on the shores of Lake Como where she and her father had spent summers for 16 years. With talk of war (it's 1937), there are no other English; the guests are Italian and two American ladies. But then Major Wilshaw (Edward Fox) checks in, a confident, charming man who carries two tennis racquets should he find someone up for a game. Both Miss Bentley and Major Wilshaw are English to the core, with a certain eccentric reserve and respect for good manners. However, we note that Major Wilshaw wears his old hat at a rakish angle and Miss Bentley takes photographs and is not above a bit of angling around the conventions. Miss Bentley is drawn to the major, and the major is intrigued by Miss Bentley...but then Miss Beaumont (Uma Thurman), the young nanny for a wealthy Italian couple with two young daughters also staying at the villa, arrives. Miss Beaumont lives for the moment and finds stringing along males to be quite fun. The poor major, his vanity appealed to, believes Miss Beaumont may really be attracted to him. Miss Bentley, her eye on the major, is willing to go only so far in saving his ego for him. Eventually, after being made something of a fool, the major realizes how close he came to throwing away someone he values. Miss Bentley realizes that she needs to help the major more than he realizes. And Miss Beaumont, discharged for being a rather poor nanny, decides to make friends with the attractive and wealthy son of parents who own at least four homes in Venezia.
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