Review: ‘A Month in the Country’

A Month in the Country is a gentle but moving pic [from the novel by J. L. Carr] about two men recovering from the horrors of World War I during an idyllic summer in remote rolling English countryside.

A Month in the Country is a gentle but moving pic [from the novel by J. L. Carr] about two men recovering from the horrors of World War I during an idyllic summer in remote rolling English countryside.

Pic opens with Birkin (Colin Firth) arriving at the remote Yorkshire village of Oxgodby to uncover a medieval wall painting in the local church. There he meets Moon (Kenneth Branagh), who is excavating a grave outside the churchyard.

Both are tormented by their war experiences, but during a beautiful summer month they experience the tranquility of the idyllic community that gradually helps them come to terms with their problems.

Birkin falls in love with the wife (Natasha Richardson) of an unfriendly local vicar, but never lets on to her about his passion, while the Branagh character turns out to be a homosexual.

Firth and Branagh are talented young actors # especially Branagh who has great screen presence. Richardson looks slightly uncomfortable in a very understated role.

A Month in the Country

UK

Production

Euston. Director Pat O'Connor; Producer Kenith Trodd; Screenplay Simon Gray; Camera Kenneth MacMillan; Editor John Victor Smith; Music Howard Blake; Art Director Leo Austin

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1987. Running time: 96 MIN.

With

Colin Firth Kenneth Branagh Natasha Richardson Patrick Malahide Richard Vernon
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