A Month by the Lake

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A Month by the Lake
Theatrical release poster
Directed by John Irvin
Produced by Robert Fox
Written by Trevor Bentham
Music by Nicola Piovani
Cinematography Pasqualino de Santis
Edited by Peter Tanner
Distributed by Miramax Films
Release date
  • September 22, 1995 (1995-09-22)
Running time
92 minutes
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
Language English
Box office $2,101,087

A Month by the Lake is a 1995 romantic comedy starring Vanessa Redgrave, Edward Fox and Uma Thurman. It is directed by John Irvin and is based on the novel by H.E. Bates.


In 1913, spinster Miss Bentley (Vanessa Redgrave) enjoyed spending her summer holiday in Lake Como, Italy, with her father before World War I. The year is now 1937, and her father has recently died. To clear the air, she returns to Lake Como on her own to spend a month's summer holiday.

She meets a bachelor named Major Wilshaw (Edward Fox) and becomes interested in him. But a young American girl named Miss Beaumont (Uma Thurman) arrives and flirts with the major.



In 1996, Redgrave was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, losing to Nicole Kidman for To Die For.

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