What a good-looking and charming film “Summerland” is!

With the profolio of stage plays and a hilarious, clever short “Leading Lady Parts”, Jessica Swale’s directorial debut “Summerland” is a WWII drama, yet it’s elegant and graceful. It’s a story about lost and found, striking an impressive balance between realism and romanticism.⠀

Gemma Arterton’s performance is excellent. She’s wicked yet lovable. That’s her unique charisma she equipped as one of the most underrated actresses in our generation.⠀

What surprised me is that, the film somehow portraits the unfair treatment that females have encountered for ages because of their unconventional spirits, whether they were regarded as witches, evils, or Nazi-spies, it’s a kind of oppression and stigmatization against female.⠀

Nonetheless, “Summerland” is so sweet and pleasing that audiences may easily miss the message. The visual language expresses a sense of loneliness with compassion for love and relationship. It’s delicate and magical.

GRADE: B

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  • Distributor: IFC Films
  • Production: Iota Films, Shoebox Films
  • Director: Jessica Swale
  • Writer: Jessica Swale
  • Cast: Gemma Arterton, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Courtenay, and Lucas Bond