Summer In February: A Film Based on a True Story

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A beautiful romance with enchanting scenery. 

Summer in February is a romantic bibliography now released onto DVD August 12  from Cinedigm and Tribeca Film. Starring Dominic Cooper, Dan Stevens and Emily Browning, this film is based on a true story.

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The setting for this film is at a bohemian artist colony in England in the year 1913. In this film you have two friends, artist Munning (Cooper) and his best friend Gilbert (Stevens), who fall in love with the same women, Florence Carter-Wood (Browning). When Florence arrives on the scene she is a beautiful and articulate, just the type of woman any man would want to bring home to his parents. While Munnings is a cocky arrogant man, the bad boy in the film who makes drama wherever he goes. Gilbert on the other hand is the laid back and mild-mannered friend of Munnings. Gilbert secretly falls in love with Florence and before he can get any closer Munning’s claims her for himself. Gilbert although heartbroken continues his friendship with Munning’s and so the real lovers drama begins.

It has been a long time since I have watched a romance and this film is perfect. My husband and I both loved this film and found it to be a true romance from the very start. The town where this was filmed is breath-taking and just when you think it can’t get more lovely, you have the ocean landscape which is just enchanting. The actors in this film were amazing and the plot kept my interest throughout the whole film. I would recommend this film to anyone searching for a true romance with a not so happy ending. This film is not yet rated but does contain some mild nudity and so I recommend this as an adults only film.

Not yet rated. My Rating (Adults Only) 

I gave this film a 5*****Star Review.

  • DVD Release Date: August 12, 2014
  • Run Time: 100 minutes

An epic true story of love and betrayal, Summer in February arrives on DVD August 12 from Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM) and Tribeca Film. Featuring Dominic Cooper (Captain America), Screen Actors Guild Award®winner Dan Stevens (“Downton Abbey”) and Emily Browning (Pompeii, Sucker Punch), Summer in February follows the early life and love of 20thcentury equestrian painter Sir Alfred Munning before his rise to acclaim.

Adapted from the book by Jonathan Smith, Summer in February is set in an idyllic artist colony in England, 1913, as the world stands on the brink of war. When fledgling artist Munning (Cooper) and his best friend Gilbert (Stevens) meet the beautiful Florence Carter-Wood (Browning), romance soon blossoms between Munning and Carter-Wood. However, Gilbert finds that he is falling in love with her as well. As the country is brought to its knees with the start of the World War I, the deeply moving film follows the heartbreaking love triangle that ensues to its tragic result.

The Summer in February DVD also features an interview with star Dan Stevens.


A sweeping romance set at a bohemian artist colony on the picturesque coast of pre-war England, Summer in February is based on the true story of painter Sir Alfred Munnings (Cooper) and his blue-blood best friend Gilbert (Stevens). Munnings rises to become one of the premier artists of his time, winning the affection of beauty Florence Carter-Wood (Browning). But when Gilbert falls for Florence as well, a love triangle emerges with tragic consequences.

A copy of this film was provided to facilitate this review. Any opinions expressed above are my own.

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  1. Daisy says

    This looks like a good movie to watch with my husband this weekend. We need some relaxation, especially with how hot it is outside.