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Summer 1993(Estiu 1993)

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Spain · 2017
1h 36m
Director Carla Simón
Starring Laia Artigas, Bruna Cusí, David Verdaguer, Paula Robles
Genre Drama

After her mother's death, six-year-old Frida is sent to her uncle's family to live with them in the rustic Catalan countryside. Thrust into a new, shockingly different lifestyle, Frida finds it hard to move past the death of her mother and embrace her new life.

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Los Angeles Times by Gary Goldstein

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.


Variety by Jay Weissberg

Striking a careful balance between narrative and atmosphere, the writer-director paints a vivid portrait of a light-filled summer when a little girl has to face the loss of her mother and integration into a new nuclear family


Wall Street Journal by Joe Morgenstern

Ms. Simón, who has used both of her young performers to powerful effect, also wants us to know how resilient children can be. Some creatures are able to grow new limbs. Frida, given more than half a chance after demanding it, achieves something no less remarkable. She grows new joy and hope.


Village Voice by Kyle Turner

The film confronts directly the contradictory feelings and impulses of a child who must assimilate into a new family, but Simón foregoes the bells and whistles of many other family melodramas, crafting instead an extraordinary and beautiful work of grief and memory.


The A.V. Club by Mike D'Angelo

With Summer 1993, her accomplished debut feature, Carla Simón succeeds in creating a rich, vivid world from her own turbulent pre-adolescence, though the film does meander in a way that makes its deeply personal nature unmistakable.


TheWrap by Robert Abele

Anchored by a pair of extraordinary child performances and titled like something you’d scrawl fondly under a faded photograph in a well-thumbed album, Summer 1993 is a delicately brushed memory of confusion and joy, as if the movie itself can only smile awkwardly — and eventually, tearfully — as it looks back trying to make sense of it all.


Screen International by Sarah Ward

It might be with a child’s eyes that Summer 1993 relates the efforts of a six year-old trying to cope with grief, but it is with maturity, empathy and heartfelt emotion that it conveys the uncertain reality that follows.

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