Summer 1993

Summer 1993

(Estiu 1993)

Catalan director Carla Simón’s award-winning dramatisation of her own experience as a six-year-old orphan adjusting to a new life in the country.... More

"Six-year-old Frida looks on in silence as the last objects from her deceased mother’s apartment are placed in boxes... Although her uncle's family welcomes her with open arms, it’s only very slowly that Frida begins to get used to her new home in the countryside, far away from her native Barcelona. Moments of youthful exuberance give way to ruminative detachment. At night, Frida prays for her mother, who she misses horribly, while during the day she attempts to find her place in this new life. In spite of its summery hues, the serious undertones of this coming of age drama, whose gentle images attempt to come to terms with the consequences of an unpredictable illness, prove to be extraordinarily moving." (Berlin International Film Festival)Hide

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  • A thoughtful and moving family portrait. Full Review

  • Simon's debut is both tender and determined as it relates a tale of a young orphan trying to fit in with a new family. Full Review

  • Finding the right audience may be difficult, but this delicate sleeper is worth the effort. Full Review

  • Impeccably performed by its young leads and nurturing supporting cast, this deeply personal picture particularly impresses in the closing scenes, which are quietly devastating in their intimacy, insight and truth. Full Review

  • In its subtlety, richness and warmth it is entirely beguiling - complex and simple at the same time. It is also very moving. Full Review

  • Ultimately, this is a memorable look at our desire to love and feel safe, to connect and belong - and the unexpected ways in which families can reshape and grow. Full Review

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