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A Month in the Country

4.2 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews

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Colin Firth (Mamma Mia, Bridget Jones's Diary) and Kenneth Branagh (Valkyrie, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets) star as two young war-weary veterans who spend a summer month in a peaceful Yorkshire town in order to escape the horrors of war.

Whilst Tom Birken (Firth) spends his month in the country uncovering and restoring a historical war painting in the local church, another veteran, Charles Moon (Branagh), is looking for the grave of an ancestor of the patroness of the church who fought in the Crusades. But their work at the church takes an explosive turn as one ignites long-denied passion within the Reverand's young wife, which forces the other veteran to face his own dark desires.

The film screened at Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard section.

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  • Actors: Colin Firth; Kenneth Branagh; Natasha Richardson; Jim Carter; Patrick Malahide
  • Directors: Pat O'Connor
  • Writers: Simon Gray; J.L Carr
  • Producers: Kenith Trodd
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Film4 Library
  • DVD Release Date: December 15, 2010
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004GEB64K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,505 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Janine on March 10, 2007
Format: DVD
I love this sensitive film! In fact I pulled it off my bookshelf tonight to watch following the viewing of a popular film from last year (supposed to be so great and funny, but wasn't!). Because I totally felt cheated,I needed movie satisfaction tonight. This film is one I have now seen several times and it gets better with each viewing. Subtle details are noticed. Unfortunatly I own the VHS, but would love to purchase the Region 1 DVD version; I keep looking and hope it becomes available soon. This shows just how much I value this film, that I would buy the DVD in a minute.

First, the acting is superb. Colin Firth and Kenneth Branagh turn in such touching, yet quiet performances. There subtle communication is wonderful and sensitively handled. It is what is not said or said between the lines that counts. Their understanding of each other is perfect. Their separate personalities play well off each other. Natashia Richardson is excellent in the role of the stifled vicar's wife. She and Colin have wonderful eye chemistry. Expressions are everything and this little film proves it. All the actors turn in marvelous performances. The children are great. This film does not rely on fancy special effects or elaborate sets, but rather truly fine and talented performances that seem so real and authentic, and will hold up with time. I would highly recommend this film to anyone. It is slowpaced and thoughful, but not at all boring. I loved the beauty of the English countryside and the mysteries of the tombs and the church mural. Themes are layered and revolve around the main characters and their haunting war experiences. The end is perfect. I don't want to give it away.

I bought the book after seeing the film and now am anxious to read it. I am sure it is a fine little book and one I will cherish.
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A good portrayal by Colin Firth and Kenneth Branagh of what soldiers encountered after returning from war. I loved watching Tom Birkin's (Colin Firth) stutter slowly fading as his work progresses on uncovering an ancient painting on the wall of a church. A church in which he has to live in and where the rector's wife shows him more than a required amount of attention. When he isn't thinking of her, his nightmares of war haunt him. I was thrilled with everyone's performances. I believe the director of this film also directed "Circle of Friends". Colin Firth appeared in a minor role in that film, also. And, another connection in "AMITC" is the circuit preacher appeared in "Shakespeare In Love" with Colin Firth. And, the rector's wife in "AMITC", Natasha Richardson, played with Colin in the HBO film, "Hostages". I recommend these films, also.
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The film of A Month in the Country is a lovely rendition of the novel. Unfortunately, much of the plot is left behind. In order to really appreciate the story and the performances, get the little novel and read it first. It enhances the film beautifully.
Brannagh and Firth do first rate jobs throughout.
Especially in the pub scene.
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Taken as a whole, this is a rather splendid, at times haunting, film which is based upon J.L. Carr's (1916-1994) beautiful and delicately crafted novella entitled 'A Month in the Country', 1980.

The main plot is set during the warm Summer of 1919 and tells of how two young men struggle to regain their 'peace of mind' in the tranquil Yorkshire countryside, after having experienced the horrors of 'The Great War' (World War 1).

A lady benefactor has bequeathed a considerable sum of money to a church in Yorkshire; in order for the church to realize the benefit of this gift, a medieval mural must be uncovered from beneath the Victorian paintwork superimposed over it. Simultaneously, the remains of one of the benefactor's predecessors are to be exhumed with rather startling consequences.

It is in these gentle, pastoral environs in and around the village church that the two main protagonists find their paths crossing; both are patently afflicted with nervous and mental disorders, wrought through them having experienced the downright terror and trauma of the Great War. This film is not simply some naive nostalgic nugget; the dark, tragic effects of war torn lives and communities are very evident.

The film reflects the overall ambiance of the novella reasonably well although it does not adhere to the dialogue or plot without aberration; one 'woodland' scene in particular - involving Tom Birkin (the mural restorer), played by Colin Firth and the local parson's wife, Alice Keach, played by Natasha Richardson - is a complete interpolation void of any substantial textual basis within Carr's original story.
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The previous reviewer has given this only one star, which gives the impression the movie is not good. The movie and the book were exquisite, and the fact that this is not a DVD with suitable tech specs isn't a reason to rate the movie low.

Give the book a read, and then look for region 1 DVD.
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