The Last September
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The first film of Deborah Warner, The Last September is a psychological drama set in County Cork in 1920 that portrays the demise of a way of life that had survived for centuries. At the same time, it is a reflection on the opposing emotions of love and freedom; the lure of complacency and the hunger for change; and "old ways" against the frightening prospects of independence, both political and spiritual. Above all, it is a portrait of a young woman's coming-of-age in a brutalized time and place, rendered with sensitivity by a female director.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 42%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Expends so much effort looking good and creating a dreamy atmosphere that its makers seem not to care about maintaining narrative coherence or building emotional resonance."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"An entrancing film about yearning."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Although intelligent, fails to truly grip the viewer."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Slow, stately, and boring."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Anyone seeking a low-key blend of the personal and the political need search no further than this gently photographed fable."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Absolutely dreadful -- boring, boring, boring."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
"Beautifully filmed, "Last September" has the feeling of an impressionistic painting."
‑ Ross Anthony, Hollywood Report Card
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