2020 | UK | 99 mins | PG
- Director: Jessica Swale (feature debut)
- Writer: Jessica Swale
- Cast: Gemma Arterton, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Courtenay, Penelope Wilton, Lucas Bond, Dixie Egerickx, Amanda Root, Jessica Gunning, David Horovitch
- Drama, War
Summerland’s lilting, soft-focus approach is part of its considerable appeal, but there is sharpness here too, where it counts.
Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph (UK)
Alice (Arterton) secludes herself in her clifftop study, debunking myths using science to disprove the existence of magic. Consumed by her work, but also profoundly lonely, she is haunted by a love affair from her past.
When spirited young Frank (Lucas Bond), an evacuee from the London Blitz, is dumped into her irritable care, his innocence and curiosity awaken Alice’s deeply buried emotions.
Bravely embracing life’s miraculous unpredictability, Alice learns that wounds may be healed, second chances do occur, and that, just perhaps — magic really does exist.
The English coast and countryside are gorgeous. And, the film’s ending is uplifting and gratifying…. definitely enjoyable.
Alexandra MacAaron, Women’s Voices for Change