The Last September (2000)
The first film of Deborah Warner, The Last September is a psychological drama set in County Cork in 1920 that portrays the demise of a way of life that had survived for centuries. At the same time, it is a reflection on the opposing emotions of love and freedom; the lure of complacency and the hunger for change; and "old ways" against the frightening prospects of independence, both political and spiritual. Above all, it is a portrait of a young woman's coming-of-age in a brutalized time and place, rendered with sensitivity by a female director. … More
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Critic Reviews for The Last September
Expends so much effort looking good and creating a dreamy atmosphere that its makers seem not to care about maintaining narrative coherence or building emotional resonance.
Absolutely dreadful -- boring, boring, boring.
Anyone seeking a low-key blend of the personal and the political need search no further than this gently photographed fable.
Beautifully filmed, "Last September" has the feeling of an impressionistic painting.
Audience Reviews for The Last September
[font=Century Gothic]"The Last September" takes place in 1920 in Ireland, where Lois(Keeley Hawes) is coming of age as a member of the ruling Anglo-Irish ruling class while Ireland is gaining its independence. This is not good news as far as her family is concerned, considering they will probably have to soon vacate the premises but they are acting as if nothing is the matter. In fact, they invite their free-spirited relation, Marda(Fiona Shaw), for the weekend.[/font]
[font=Century Gothic]"The Last September" has little plot and concerns itself more with place and time setting the mood but the movie is too similar to "Rules of the Game" and "May Fools" for it to be successful. It wastes a very good cast which includes Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon and Jane Birkin.[/font]
[font=Century Gothic]At the heart of the movie are issues of identity and class. The ruling class identifies themselves as Irish even though the native population disagrees and thinks of them as English.[/font]
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