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Short Starts: "Water for Elephants" Star Robert Pattinson in "The Summer House"

by Daniel Walber
April 18, 2011 4:07 AM
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As a shorts fanatic I get very excited about anthology films. These projects, like “Paris, Je T’aime” and “Four Rooms,” are great opportunities for multiple directors to work on the same theme and then bring it all together in a single collection. They don’t happen terribly often these days, probably because they’re hard to market well for the box office, but they’re often successful and always interesting. 2010’s “Love and Distrust,” while not a showpiece of famous directors, stars some pretty famous talent, including Robert Pattinson in the understated drama “The Summer House.”

Set against the moon landing in 1969, the film follows a young English girl (Talulah Riley) as she navigates adolescence on a grand French estate. She seems to have quite the romantic back-story, though it’s almost exclusively implied, and it feels very much like a scene taken from an English society novel. Thankfully we’ve been spared the intricate social politics of that genre, while keeping the boldly stated metaphors (Apollo 11) and darkly handsome, if ethically problematic, gentlemen. Pattinson spends much of then film standing just off screen, hinted at but not introduced directly until the last few minutes (which probably helps his performance). He turns out to be quite the opposite of a gentle romantic paramour, perhaps an attempt to fight type-casting, though I’m not sure how effective that is. The video, after the jump:


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3 Comments

  • Christopher Campbell | April 18, 2011 6:30 AMReply

    I didn't see any mention of Twilight in this post, guys. And fighting against type casting can be a precautionary measure. Also, Pattinson was already the gentle romantic paramour in Harry Potter, before this. Perhaps that's what he's referring to? Not everything Pattinson related is Twilight related.

  • Dawn | April 18, 2011 6:24 AMReply

    As always, I am left scratching my head at the usual total lack of research or thought into your articles about Robert Pattinson.

    In the usual attempt to get in a dig--"perhaps in an attempt to fight type-casting"--you dont' even bother doing a 30-second internet search that would tell you that the short was shot in 2006, two years before the first Twilight movie was even shot.

  • jamie | April 18, 2011 6:18 AMReply

    This was filmed like 6 years ago. Long before he had a clue who Edward Cullen was.

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