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A Month in the Country (27-Sep-1987)

Director: Pat O'Connor

Writer: Simon Gray

From novel: A Month in the Country by J. L. Carr

Keywords: Drama

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Kenneth Branagh
10-Dec-1960   British thespian
Jim Carter
19-Aug-1948   Mr. Carson on Downton Abbey
Colin Firth
10-Sep-1960   Pride and Prejudice
Patrick Malahide
24-Mar-1945   Alleyn Mysteries
Natasha Richardson
11-May-1963 18-Mar-2009 Widows' Peak
Richard Vernon
7-Mar-1925 4-Dec-1997 Oldenshaw on The Man in Room 17


Colin Firth   ...   Tom Birkin (WWI veteran)
John Atkinsons   ...   Man on Train
Jim Carter   ...   Ellerbeck
Patrick Malahide   ...   Rev. Keach
Kenneth Branagh   ...   James Moon (archaeologist)
Richard Vernon   ...   Col. Hebron
Tim Barker   ...   Mossop
Vicki Arundale   ...   Kathy Ellerbeck
Martin O'Neil   ...   Edgar Ellerbeck
Natasha Richardson   ...   Alice Keach (vicar's daughter)
Tony Haygarth   ...   Douthwaite
Eileen O'Brien   ...   Mrs. Ellerbeck
Elizabeth Anson   ...   Lucy Sykes
Barbara Marten   ...   Mrs. Sykes
Kenneth Kitson   ...   Mr. Sykes
Judy Gridley   ...   Mrs. Clough
Lisa Taylor   ...   Emily Clough
Andrew Wilde   ...   Shopworker
David Gillies   ...   Milburn
David Garth   ...   Old Birkin


Review by stef (posted on 26-Feb-2005)

This film is beautiful in every way. In many respects, not much actually happens within the story, but some of the best plots form in this way; it is not about an event as such, but human nature and self discovery. We follow Birkin, a veteran of the Great War as he comes to the country to uncover a church wall painting and in doing so, meets another veteran, Moon and falls in love with the Vicars wife Alice Keach. As Birkin uncovers the picture bit ny bit, his mental state improves. There are so many emotions in this story; the love between Birkin and Alice is so perfect because it can never be, which is a really interesting paradox.

Compared to the short novel by J. L. Carr, the film is not bad, but if you've not read the book and get chance to see the film, watch it! Kenneth Branagh gives a stunning performance as Moon (he's so like how I imagined him to be in the book!) and Colin Firth pulls off Birkin really well too.

I would definately recommend the both the novel of the same title and the film. I am studying it for my english literature A-level and so you'd think I'd hate it, but I have fallen completely in love with the book and am raving about it (as you can tell!)

Find a copy of either the book or the film and just lose yourself entirely in the summer of 1920 in the Yorkshire countryside. You'll see what I mean!

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