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A Month in the Country (1987)

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  • A Month in the Country (1987)

    This is a beautiful, unusual film. I don't know why it seems to have disappeared (at least here). I saw it with friends in 1987 when it was released, and it developed a small cult following in the Boston area.

    It stars Colin Firth, Natasha Richardson and Kenneth Branagh at the beginning of their film careers. Firth plays a World War I veteran suffering from the psychological shock of battle who is given a job restoring a mural in a rural church. The mural has been covered since before the Reformation. It is set in Yorkshire in the early 1920s. Richardson plays the unhappy wife of the vicar. Branagh is Firth's friend.

    The whole film is quiet and dreamy; the characters are all fairly reserved and the details of the restoration are given attention.

    I saw it again here about twenty years ago when it was shown on one of the cable channels. I taped it and played it so often that the video is just about unwatchable now, unfortunately. If only I had known years ago about transferring to DVD.

    It is definitely worth seeing if it can be found.

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    I havn't seen this film for years, since it was on C4 one evening. Looked lovely then, and its something that could do with a revival. Its certainly seems to have been neglected since its release until relatively recently.

    The BFI have it on Blu-Ray https://www.amazon.co.uk/Month-Count...in+the+country for £15.99, but it was released in the US by Twilight - https://www.amazon.com/Month-Country...in+the+country

    I 'm slightly surprised that the similarly named (and another good film I havn't seen in years) 'Another Country' (again with Firth) from 1984 isn't available on Blu-Ray, although is a bit of a bargain on DVD, for less than £4.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Bonekicker View Post
      I havn't seen this film for years, since it was on C4 one evening. Looked lovely then, and its something that could do with a revival. Its certainly seems to have been neglected since its release until relatively recently.

      The BFI have it on Blu-Ray https://www.amazon.co.uk/Month-Count...in+the+country for £15.99, but it was released in the US by Twilight - https://www.amazon.com/Month-Country...in+the+country

      I 'm slightly surprised that the similarly named (and another good film I havn't seen in years) 'Another Country' (again with Firth) from 1984 isn't available on Blu-Ray, although is a bit of a bargain on DVD, for less than £4.
      Oh very good - I didn't know there was a DVD. I hadn't looked in quite a while. Now I can replace my old video. I transferred it to DVD and it is acceptable, but that is a beautifully made film and I look forward to seeing it.

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