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.


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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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.

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

Explores the suffering and losses of lonely souls.

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

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