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My Summer of Love

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This warmly intimate coming-of-age story is the latest from Pawel Pawlikowski, a native of Poland who got his start as a documentary director for the BBC (Tripping With Zhirinovsky) and graduated to dramatic features with Last Resort (2000). Based on a novel by Helen Cross, it follows the growing romance between a tony college student on summer vacation (Emily Blunt) and a tough Scottish girl (Nathalie Press) whose brother (Paddy Considine) has returned from prison a born-again Christian. This triangle is the entire story, but it's so fraught with unresolved issues of class, sexuality, and spiritual need, and so carefully observed by Pawlikowski, that it opens out like the movie's West Yorkshire countryside. R, 86 min. Century 12 and CineArts 6, Landmark's Century Centre.

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