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The Summer House (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).

Cast

Joan Plowright
as Mrs. Monro
Lena Headey
as Margaret
John Wood
as Robert
Maggie Steed
as Mrs. Raffald
Catherine Schell
as Marie-Claire
Britta Smith
as Mother Joseph
David Gant
as Gallery Owner
Natalie Flynn
as Jennifer
Thomas Lawrence
as Christopher
Annabel Burton
as Margaret (as a child)
Tommy Duggan
as Father O'Flynn
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Critic Reviews for The Summer House

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (7)

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.

August 13, 2013 | Full Review…
Variety
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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.

September 7, 2011 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
Entertainment Weekly
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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.

January 15, 2005 | Full Review…
Chicago Reader
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Acting together in top form, Ms. Moreau and Ms. Plowright are something to see.

August 30, 2004 | Rating: 3/5
New York Times
Top Critic

The movie is unable to decide whether it wants to be a lighthearted comedy/drama, or something darker and more serious.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
ReelViews
Top Critic

Jeanne Moreau has been a treasure of the movies for 35 years, often playing roles something like this one.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for The Summer House

One of the most eccentric movies I have ever seen. It had the most bizarre ending.

Dannielle Albert
Dannielle Albert

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