A Month in the Country (1987) - Rotten Tomatoes

A Month in the Country (1987)




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Pat O'Connor directs this tranquil version of the J. L. Carr novel, adapted for the screen by Simon Gray. The film concerns two emotionally scarred men recovering from the horrors of World War I during an idyllic summer in the English countryside. It is 1919, and war veteran Tom Birkin (Colin Firth) travels to the small English village of Oxgodly to restore a medieval church mural that is hidden under coats of plaster. At the same time, another war veteran, archaeologist John Moon (Kenneth Branagh) is exploring the nearby fields trying to uncover an ancient church grave. As they toil away in this placid environment, their emotional war wounds are gradually healed, and they come to terms with their problems. Birkin finds himself falling in love with Alice Keach (Natasha Richardson), the wife of the local vicar, while Moon finds himself learning to deal with his homosexuality.

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Colin Firth
as Tom Birkin
Kenneth Branagh
as James Moon
Natasha Richardson
as Alice Keach
Patrick Malahide
as the Reverend J.G.
Tony Haygarth
as Douthwaite
Richard Vernon
as Colonel Hebron
Jim Carter
as Ellerback
Tim Barker
as Mossop
Eileen O'Brien
as Mrs. Ellerback
Judy Gridley
as Mrs. Clough
Lisa Taylor
as Emily Clough
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Critic Reviews for A Month in the Country

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A pleasant an enjoyable film, A Month in the Country gives the formal achievements of British cinema a certain spirituality, sensuality, and feeling. [Full Review in Spanish]

April 21, 2020 | Full Review…

Ultimately, A Month in the Country is too full of exquisitely quiet moments that never explode.

February 26, 2020 | Full Review…

...what a precious, unexpected gem.

December 28, 2018 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

A Month in the Country is a movie of morsel-sized pleasures, yet there's a sizable joy to be had in catching Colin Firth and Kenneth Branagh at the start of their long and impressive careers.

July 22, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Explores the suffering and losses of lonely souls.

August 27, 2004 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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