My Summer of Love (2004)

Genre(s): Drama / Romance
Universal || R - 86 minutes - $29.99 || October 4, 2005
Reviewer: Chris Gonzalez || Posted On: 2005-11-06


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

A U D I O &
.:: V I D E O ::.

Audio and Video

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Pawel Pawlikowski
Writer(s): Helen Cross (novel), Pawel Pawlikowski (screenplay) & Michael Wynne (screenplay)
Cast: Nathalie Press, Emily Blunt, Paddy Considine, Dean Andrews, Michelle Byrne


Theatrical Release Date: June 17, 2005


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Director Commentary
  • Soundtrack Spot


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Garnered with glowing reviews and making almost a whole million dollars here in the States, My Summer of Love is one of those films I think I must have simply not gotten. It centers on two teenage girls who find each other during a lonely summer and quickly fall in love. The problem with the movie doesnít come with anything that is outright bad. The performances are solid, itís well shot, the pace is constant, and direction is tight. Itís one of those films that doesnít seem to offend you in any way, it just has no pulse whatsoever, and couldnít be more uninteresting if it tried. Every theme that is semi-explored like coming of age, loneliness, or religious hypocrisy has been done much better in countless other films. So, to look to this bore is a waste of your time. The characters are cold and uncaring, which shouldnít be the case in a film where you want to care about the relationships. A few scenes standout among the rest, and the film has the decency to be under 90 minutes, but in the end youíre left unmoved and blank, in the worst way possible.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Commentary with Director Pawel Pawlikowski - Practically the only feature on this disc, the commentary, is as boring as the film is. Pawlikowski remains almost completely silent during the scenes that involve dialogue, as if whoever is listening to the track hasnít seen the film. He starts to talk during the quieter moments or completely silent scenes, which happen quite often, so you do get a good deal of talking. He provides some good insight and explains some of his creative decisions, like the near absence of music. But for the most part, itís a track that youíll want to stay away from unless youíre just aching for some tidbits of information.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

The film is well shot, in green and red hues, and everything comes together nicely. The transfer is very good, but itís not exactly reference quality. Any faults that come with the transfer come from the shooting of the film, like some noticeable grain. The sound is presented in Dolby Digital and DTS. It is incredibly dialogue heavy, with some opportunities for ambiance, and everything comes across very smoothly. Again, not reference quality, but itís not supposed to be.



.::OVERALL::.

My Summer of Love is a slow paced, delicate, and sometimes depressing study on two characters over a short period of time. Itís also incredibly boring and half-baked. Itís a film that thinks itís deeper and subtle than it is, and itís success with critics isnít a surprise, but it comes across as one of those indie flicks nobody really cares about, but it would be heresy to say you donít like it. The commentary track is equally dull, and the soundtrack spot is completely useless. Good sound and picture arenít enough to receive a recommendation.