Month By the Lake [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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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.
It is a classic, which cannot fail to please.
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.Read more ›
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I found this book to be 'heavy going', but that of course is only my opinion!Published 11 months ago by Anthony W Brown
So pleased to have found this film on DVD! Have searched for ages to find an English version, playable in the UK. The DVD is a Dutch import. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Jenny Rowe