Summerland ★★★★

There's a great deal of sentimentality lies in 'Summerland,' with swelling music and soft focus flashbacks, which often threatens to overwhelm the actors. Writer/director Jessica Swale communicates the pain of living as an outsider in a deeply prejudiced society without being preachy or distracting other parts of the story. It elevates the film from a sweet period film, with a tired premise, to an intensely emotional story of love's endurance in trying times. The beautiful and scenic surroundings of the British coast create a pleasant picturesque setting and underpin the atmosphere of witnessing a significant and life-changing summer. The ensemble is charming with two solid performances by Gemma Arterton and the young Lucas Bond.

Netflix (CAN).