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A Month By the Lake (1995)

Edward Fox , Vanessa Redgrave , John Irvin  |  PG |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Edward Fox, Vanessa Redgrave, Uma Thurman
  • Directors: John Irvin
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 20, 2011
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005CFBZX4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,576 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"Two Thumbs Up!" --Siskel & Ebert

"Sexy! Funny!" --Chicago Tribune

Product Description

At a luxurious Lake Como resort, Miss Bentley, an attractive older guest (Vanessa Redgrave, Girl, Interrupted) has her eye on a handsome, well-to-do bachelor (Edward Fox, The Importance of Being Earnest). But when he's more interested in a beautiful young flirt (Uma Thurman, Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2), the mischievous Miss Bentley goes to outrageous lengths to reel in her wealthy catch.

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228 of 233 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
If you long for a peaceful villa on the banks of a serene lake, dream of fresh roses on your breakfast tray, yearn for the serenity of the Italian sun, then watch this enchanting movie. The setting is the last summer before World War II when a spirited middle-aged spinster named Miss Bentley (Vanessa Redgrave) arrives for her annual vacation. She is immediately attracted to Major Wilshire (Edward Fox), a fellow Britisher amongst the Italians and Americans on holiday. She believes you can judge a man by his ears, and Miss Bentley has set her sights on capturing the Major's ears. Alas, into this mix comes a spoiled American (Uma Thurman) who immediately catches the Major's ears, eyes, and other parts of him. Miss Bentley is sad when she realizes he is smitten with the beautiful young Miss Beaumont, but she does not give up. Humiliation and rejection come her way, along with a young Italian who finds the older woman quite charming. Amidst a scenic backdrop and with the strains of Verdi's "Aida" and other soul-stirring Italian music, everyone winds up with the correct partner and all, we presume, will live happily ever after. A light, clever, and often funny film to relish as you dream of sunny days basking in romance and beauty.
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60 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most relaxing video on a rainy day! December 8, 2000
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Format:VHS Tape
So you've just gotten home from a rough day at the office, or your depressed about something and wish you could take a spur of the moment trip to oh so relaxing and romantic Italy (preferably Lake Como!). For most of us, this can't just happen, so I advise you to watch "A month by the lake". It's a simple, relaxing story, and seems to take you away into its' world. I highly recommend this movie, no violence, clench-your-fingernails-suspense, or promiscuous obsenities. And it comes with likable characters, great music, and a wonderful setting, make that magnificent.
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61 of 65 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars VANESSA REDGRAVE TRUMPS UMA THURMAN... December 8, 2002
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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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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Entertainment May 1, 2003
Vanessa Redgrave is brilliant and absolutely gorgeous in this
fine film about spending a month in Italy. Uma Thurman comes
into the picture as a nanny for a couple of kids and she and
Vanessa vie for the attention of Edward Fox. I am basing this
review on the laserdisc which enchanced the movie considerably
and I imagine the dvd will be even better. One of those movies
that gets more enjoyable every time you watch it. And of course
I want to go back to Italy every time I see it. A perfect
companion piece to ENCHANTED APRIL (when will that be on DVD?)
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
This film was made after the blazing and much deserved success of "Enchanted April," a completely bewitching film about English women who rent a villa in Italy without knowing each other beforehand. If you like this at all, see "Enchanted April" - an infinitely superior film.

This film, a woman's film too, has similar beautiful locations, late 1930s, early 1940s settings and style, and a thinner romantic plot at it's core. Vanessa Redgrave and Edward Fox give lovely quiet performances as they meet sweet and irritate each other. Both suffer from middle aged wandering eye to some degree, which drives the plot as we wonder if they will, or will not get together. Unfortunately, neither one of them is a particularly likable character. We are supposed to like Redgrave because she is lanky and lopes along, and we are supposed to like him because SHE finds something redeemable.

Worse, the rest of the cast is extremely uneven in performance, and Thuman turns in her most artificial and posey work. She is lovely and the camera loves her, but she was young, and this is a high school level performance, she seems very ill at ease in this role. By contrast Redgrave's Italian boy interest does a very fine job, perhaps because most of his scenes are with her.

The story is rather predictable, and for classic film fans, we get to see Alida Valli (The Third Man) in her later years. Sadly, her performance is also uneven. When it shows up in so many cast members, one has to attribute this to the Director. Some of them seem to be playing a broad comedy, but the 2 leads are in a refined drama.

For me it was a little too wispy and feels like too much meringe. For many this will be a fine, light entertaining diversion.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun!
One of my top 10 movies of all time. The photography of Lake Como is spectacular. Enjoy this movie soon!
Published 20 days ago by Annie, Black hills
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay movie
Not what we were expecting but certainly worth what we paid for it. Will we watch it again? Probably not.
Published 29 days ago by Debra Gifford
5.0 out of 5 stars So nice
This is a really lovely story. So nice to watch. Venessa Redgrave does her usual great job with a great story
Published 1 month ago by Mary T. Noll
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable
Not what I expected when I ordered but we enjoyed it very much - althoug the male lead could have been better....the story was good and filming excellent overall... Read more
Published 4 months ago by L. Ward
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie, stellar cast, I've enjoyed it.
Good movie, stellar cast, I've enjoyed it. Has a good story line and easy to follow plot, love Lynn Redgrave anytime.
Published 4 months ago by Sweet Potato
3.0 out of 5 stars A good movie that almost could
The movie was well made, but didn't close the deal: nice but not great. It was good to see a young Vanessa Redgrave, a very yound Uma Thurman in her prime and the mansion owner... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Don D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Wonderful scenery.....this movie is filmed at lake COMO in Italy......with a wonderful cast.....charming , fun and totally enjoyable....." Chick flick"
Published 6 months ago by Pernille Bojin
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful movie the cherish!
A sweet movie with wonderful scenery and charming pre-World War II story line. An older woman is on holiday on a lake in Italy. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sonia
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Girl Flick
I really enjoyed this movie, itt's a good story line and one that I like to see over and again.
Published 6 months ago by NJD
5.0 out of 5 stars Vanessa Redgrave is always a pleasure to watch
This is a dvd filmed by Lake Como Italy, and the scenery is magical as well as the fairy tale romance of a not so young couple. Quite entertaining.
Published 8 months ago by Maxine K. Gregory
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