A Month by the Lake

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A Month by the Lake
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJohn Irvin
Produced byRobert Fox
Written byTrevor Bentham
Music byNicola Piovani
CinematographyPasqualino de Santis
Edited byPeter Tanner
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. It is directed by John Irvin and is based on the story by H.E. Bates.[1]


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.



In 1996, Redgrave was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy,[2] losing to Nicole Kidman for To Die For.[3] 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. ^ Columbus, Nicole (March 21, 1996). "Oscar Preview: "You Like Me! You Really Like Me!"". The Harvard Crimson. Retrieved November 23, 2019.
  3. ^ 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.

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