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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 (73 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Edward Fox, Vanessa Redgrave, Uma Thurman
  • Directors: John Irvin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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 (73 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005CFBZX4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,899 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"Two Thumbs Up!" --Siskel & Ebert

"Sexy! Funny!" --Chicago Tribune

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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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231 of 236 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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63 of 63 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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62 of 66 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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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Since George Clooney and his rat pack seem to be bringing back a certain cachet to Italy's Lake Como, it's worth revisiting this picture-postcard pretty 1995 romantic comedy directed by John Irvin since it is set there before the onset of WWII. The lightweight plot focuses on a beautiful, elegant villa in the summer of 1937 where Miss Bentley has already spent sixteen summers with her father. Adored by the staff, she spends her first summer there after her father has died, and on her first day, she is immediately drawn to the polite but rather pompous Major Wilshaw. In typical movie-only fashion, they meet repeatedly, awkwardly and fractiously, in particular, over a tennis match where she defeats the major with ease in front of a most enthusiastic group. There is unavoidable but unspoken chemistry between the two, but further complications ensue with the arrival of Miss Beaumont, the young, flirtatious nanny of a wealthy Italian family staying at the villa. Miss Beaumont manages to convince Wilshaw that she loves him, and he becomes instantly enamored. On her side, Miss Bentley attracts the attention of a much younger admirer named Vittorio, a local Vespa-riding lothario intent on seducing her amid his raging hormones.

As you can imagine, the complications sort themselves out, but the clever way that Irvin and screenwriter Trevor Bentham handle the story, while patently old-fashioned, is also charming and sometimes quite perceptive about how more mature people approach love. In a rare comedic turn that immediately recalls Kate Hepburn circa 1955's "Summertime", Vanessa Redgrave redefines any preconceived image one would have of a spinster, as she brings buoyant energy and a blessed lack of self-consciousness to the independent Miss Bentley.
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Too boring.
Did not care for it. Too boring.
Published 10 days ago by Paula J. Valadez
5.0 out of 5 stars ... realize most people would find this film slow and boring; I loved...
I realize most people would find this film slow and boring; I loved it for the quirky funny characters, the beautiful scenery, the musical score, and the love story. Read more
Published 23 days ago by moose
5.0 out of 5 stars but very good acting and we'll watch again
A little slow in the start, but very good acting and we'll watch again, probably several times. All ages enjoyed the video.
Published 1 month ago by Ling
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
The movie itself was great but lacked several features generally offered in videos...
Published 1 month ago by Audrey L Tennant
3.0 out of 5 stars OK, but . .
Good characters, Good scenery, but overly simple story. It is worth a single viewing if nothing else. I bought it but it is not essential to my collection
Published 2 months ago by Mangavideo
5.0 out of 5 stars a month by the lake
nice little summer movie about repeating friendships. This went to my mother who is a fan of R.Pilcher. She enjoed it and is onto the next one.
Published 4 months ago by Karen L McClurg
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 5 months 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 5 months 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 6 months 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 9 months ago by L. Ward
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