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The Summer of Sangaile(Sangailės vasara)

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Lithuania, France, Netherlands · 2015
1h 28m
Director Alantė Kavaitė
Starring Julija Steponaitytė, Aistė Diržiūtė, Jūratė Sodytė, Martynas Budraitis
Genre Drama, Romance

Seventeen-year-old Sangaile is fascinated by stunt planes. She meets a girl her age at the summer aeronautical show, nearby her parents' lakeside villa. Sangaile allows Auste to discover her most intimate secret and in the process finds in her teenage love, the only person that truly encourages her to fly.

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A young Lithuanian woman learns about the healing power of love in The Summer of Sangaile, a movie that ultimately is about as shallow as that central theme sounds.


Village Voice by Abbey Bender

Lesbian coming-of-age tales can be sensationalistic and leering, but this film (directed by a woman, Alanté Kavaïté) casts a sensitive eye on the understated story of Sangaile (Julija Steponaityté), a shy, troubled girl who begins a relationship with the more ebullient Auste (Aisté Dirziuté).


Variety by Scott Foundas

At its best, The Summer of Sangaile captures the special intensity of those relationships in which everything seems to fade away save for the other person.


Los Angeles Times by Sheri Linden

Distractingly lovely to look at, the film can't make Sangaile's struggles or triumphs matter. Its soaring conclusion feels anticlimactic, the story drifting off into air.


The Hollywood Reporter by Todd McCarthy

Awash with ripe, voluptuous summertime imagery and brimming with aborning adolescent female sexuality, The Summer of Sangaile is an appealingly simple, poetically conceived teen coming-of-age tale.

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