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).
Comedy , Television , Romance
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Joan Plowright
as Mrs. Monro
Lena Headey
as Margaret
Julie Walters
as Monica
John Wood
as Robert
Maggie Steed
as Mrs. Raffald
Gwyneth Strong
as Cynthia
Catherine Schell
as Marie-Claire
Britta Smith
as Mother Joseph
Sherine El Ansari
as Gypsy Girl
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.

Full Review… | August 13, 2013
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 15, 2005
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Acting together in top form, Ms. Moreau and Ms. Plowright are something to see.

August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Top Critic

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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