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A Cold Summer (2003)

  Directed by: Paul Middleditch
Written by: Teo Gebert, Paul Middleditch, Olivia Pigeot, Susan Prior
Starring: Teo Gebert, Olivia Pigeot, Susan Prior
Links: A Cold Summer on the IMDb
Genre: Drama
Awards: AFI Awards: Best Film 2004 (nominee)

This movie gets: 2.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

"Eye-rollingly bad" - a review by pearly

A Cold Summer is a low-budget, seemingly mostly improvised film about three losers looking for love. Bobby (Teo Gebert) is living in his car. He meets Tia (Olivia Pigeot) on a particularly bad day when her purse has just been stolen, and they become intimate almost immediately. Tia then reconnects with a girl she knew in high school, Phaedra (Susan Prior), and they have long conversations.

This description of the film makes it sound quite nice, but it's not. It's really not. There is so much swearing in the opening scene that I felt sure that the many of the older people in the cinema would storm out immediately (we're talking about not only "fuck", but also that sacred swear-word "cunt", used more than once, no less). No-one did (that I saw), but lots did before the film's end.

I stuck about until the end, for a few reasons. Firstly, I was watching it in order to judge it for the AFI awards, and secondly, I never leave the cinema partway through a film. Never. Well, there was one time - but that was because there was an evacuation due to a suspected fire. Which reminds me: I never did see the end of Billy Elliot (2000). I assume it all worked out for him in the end?

Sad to say, though, there weren't really any other reasons to stick around. I'm not one of those people who dislikes a film purely because it's got a bunch of swearing in it, or anything like that (I'm really not), but A Cold Summer just wasn't all that good. The improvised story was pretty weak, and there wasn't a likeable character in the bunch (admittedly a small bunch, but that's their problem, not mine). Tia is mean to everyone she encounters (plus, she is completely over-acted in every single scene), Bobby has violent tendencies and I can't even remember what else, but I know that I thought he was crap, and Phaedra puts up with way too much crap from Tia, and then gets all teary about what good friends they are. Seriously, I'm not buying it. Not by a long shot.

And it all draws to some close that's meant to be climactic, but isn't. You're meant to care enough about the characters to be interested in their outcomes, but I wasn't. And they're hoping you'll think the film was wonderful, but I didn't.

pearly gives this movie 2 out of 10.
Review created on Mon 6 Sep 2004

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