The Summer House (Clothes in the Wardrobe) (1993)
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Martin Sherman adapted Alice Thomas Ellis' novel for this comedy about a suburban Englishwoman who's about to settle on marriage with her mother-dominated next door neighbor until everyone's comfortable life is disrupted by a visit from her exotic and flamboyant friend Lili (Jeanne Moreau, in a scene-stealing performance). ~ Nicole Gagne, Rovi
Jun 1, 1993 Wide
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Chain-smoking, guzzling booze and spouting worldly epigrams about love and life, Moreau fits into Croydon like a peacock in Antarctica, sashaying around and imposing her seductive will on everyone.
Joan Plowright and Jeanne Moreau turn this slight BBC production into a jolly lesson about how two great old theatrical broads can liven up an arty domestic drama.
Apart from offering a juicy star turn to Moreau, the movie has a lot of mordantly funny things to say about the conventionality of suburban English life, and all the actors shine.
Acting together in top form, Ms. Moreau and Ms. Plowright are something to see.
Moreau, with her acid tongue and her flaming hair, devours this droll British comedy as if it were chaparral and she a raging California brush fire.
The movie is unable to decide whether it wants to be a lighthearted comedy/drama, or something darker and more serious.
The central comic performances by Moreau, Plowright, and Walters keep things lively, especially during the increasingly farcical second half of the film.
Jeanne Moreau. Jeanne Moreau. Jeanne Moreau. She is the soul of this movie and its raison d'être.
Full of quotable one-liners, spirited performances and good intentions.
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