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Summerland Rated 12A

Summerland

Dir. Jessica Swale. UK, 2020. 1h 40m. Starring Gemma Arterton, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Penelope Wilton, Lucas Bond, Dixie Egerickx, Amanda Root.

During World War II, a reclusive writer has her secluded life upended when an evacuee from the London Blitz is left in her care. Nursing a heartache from her past, she initially resolves to be rid of him, but soon finds her emotions reawakened. Gemma Arterton triumphs in acclaimed theatre director Jessica Swale’s uplifting debut feature.

'Arterton triumphs again and Swale marks herself as a director to watch. Summerland successfully combines an intelligent feminist fable and a lesbian love story with a slick period tearjerker.’ ★★★★ Pamela Hutchinson, Empire Magazine

‘A tale of love lost and found, told with wit and charm, it maintains an impressive balance between the sly and the sentimental, gently subverting mainstream formulae as it slips back and forth in time, alternating between the realist and the romantic.’ ★★★★ Mark Kermode, The Observer