Alice is a reclusive writer, resigned to a solitary life on the seaside cliffs of Southern England while World War II rages across the channel. When she opens her front door one day to find she's to adopt a young London evacuee named Frank, she's resistant. It's not long, however, before the two realize they have more in common in their pasts than Alice had assumed. Gemma Arterton, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Tom Courtenay star in this intensely emotional story of love's endurance in trying times.
★★★★★ - Deadline Hollywood Daily
"Gemma Arterton and Gugu Mbatha-Raw are wonderful in this compelling period drama that is perfectly timed for right now." "Summerland is one of those deceptive British gems that ultimately defines what a feel-good movie can be." "Cast to perfection, beautifully shot"
★★★★ - Empire Magazine
"Arterton triumphs again and Swale marks herself as a director to watch."
★★★★ - Daily Mirror
"An uplifting meditation on love, longing and loss"
★★★★ - Observer
"This boasts real substance beneath the surface, keeping its feet on the ground and its head in the clouds", "What a lovely, hopeful and rather magical movie this is”, “A tale of love lost and found, told with wit and charm”
★★★★ - London Evening Standard
"Canny and adorable, Summerland's a family film with a difference."
★★★★ - Daily Telegraph
“Gemma Arterton is magnificent”, “This is all richly engaging and intriguing – thanks especially to Arterton’s zesty yet finely textured performance”