No, Summer in February isn’t a lighthearted beach party movie set on the Australian coast – it’s a romantic drama set in England before the first world war, a time and place that star Dan Stevens knows all too well.
The story, adapted by Jonathan Smith from his eponymous novel, centers on the real-life love triangle between young Alfred Munnings (Dominic Cooper) – an equine painter who would eventually find fame and knighthood – his friend Captain Gilbert Evans (Stevens), and his fellow artist Florence Carter-Wood (Emily Browning). Even though the film technically has nothing to do with Downton Abbey, the two seem to have plenty of similarities – expect lots of smoldering, longing looks, gorgeous costumes, and a tragic ending that may as well have been scripted by Julian Fellowes himself. (Are we absolutely certain he didn’t time travel here from 1914?)
Summer in February hits theaters in the UK on June 14; a U.S. release date has not yet been announced.
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