My Summer of Love is a soft, sultry mirage of a film about a love affair between two teenage girls living in the hilly countryside of Yorkshire in the North of England.
Mona is a working class lass who is fed up with her humdrum life, especially after her reformed, born-again brother (Paddy Considine) decides to convert the pub they inherited from their parents into a religious meeting area. When she wakes one day while basking on the heath, to find the posh Tamsin looking down on her from atop a horse, an unlikely friendship blossoms between the two.
As in The Last Resort, director Pawel Pavlikovski is a master at conveying mood and story through the texture and composition of the moving image. The windswept Yorkshire hills, the terraced houses, dappled woods and shadowy interiors, help convey a warm summer languor.
Nathalie Press as Mona and Emily Blunt as Tamsin put in impressive performances to create a palpable sense of intimacy and vulnerability. The short transition from buddies, through shared pain to romance never rings hollow, and ensures the dark denouement is all the more effective.