A Month by the Lake
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJohn Irvin
Written byTrevor Bentham
Produced byRobert Fox
CinematographyPasqualino de Santis
Edited byPeter Tanner
Music byNicola Piovani
Distributed byMiramax Films
Release date
  • September 22, 1995 (1995-09-22)
Running time
92 minutes
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
Box office$2,101,087

A Month by the Lake is a 1995 romantic comedy film starring Vanessa Redgrave, Edward Fox and Uma Thurman. The picture is directed by John Irvin and is based on the story by H.E. Bates.[1] The supporting cast features Alida Valli and Alessandro Gassman.

Plot synopsis

In 1937, two years before World War II, a spinster named Miss Bentley has returned to Lake Como to spend a month's summer holiday to heal herself from the grief of her father's recent death. While there, she meets a bachelor named Major Wilshaw and develops some feelings for him. However, a young American girl named Miss Beaumont arrives and flirts with the major out of sheer boredom, leading him to believe she's actually interested in him.


Critical reception

In a contemporary review Roger Ebert called the film; "a sly romantic comedy about a collision of sex, ego, will and pride, all peeping out from beneath great thick layers of British reticence. Its delights are wrapped in a lavish production in a beautiful time and place."[2]


In 1996, Redgrave was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy,[3] losing to Nicole Kidman for To Die For.[4] This marks John Irvin's first Golden Globe nominated film.


  1. ^ Klady, Leonard (September 18, 1995). "A Month by the Lake". Variety. Retrieved November 23, 2019.
  2. ^ A Month by the Lake at rogerebert.com, September 1995
  3. ^ Columbus, Nicole (March 21, 1996). "Oscar Preview: "You Like Me! You Really Like Me!"". The Harvard Crimson. Retrieved November 23, 2019.
  4. ^ Munzenrieder, Kyle (January 8, 2017). "Twenty-Two Years Later, Nicole Kidman's Golden Globe-Winning To Die For is More Relevant Than Ever". W. Retrieved November 23, 2019.