Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993) Sunday, 29 March 2020

Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    CTC.

  • Starring:

    Laia Artigas, Paula Blanco, Etna Campillo, Bruna Cusí, Jordi Figueras, Dolores Fortis, Titón Frauca, Cristina Matas, Berta Pipó, Quimet Pla

  • Directed by:

    Carla Simón

  • Running time:

    97 minutes

  • Rated:

    CTC (Australia), NR (UK), NR (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    (None): A child falls over (off-screen) and skins their knee. A child leads another child into a forest then lies to an adult about their whereabouts, frantic searching for "missing" child. A child leads an injured child into a lake where they almost drown. A child throws things at a statue. A child throws a tantrum/behaves brattishly (lying/stealing/playing with a kerosene lamp/throws comb out of a car window/deliberately spills milk/runs away from home). Children play a "you're dead" game (Red Light/Green Light). Flies are swatted. Eating spiders and flies while sleeping, accidentally burning oneself mentioned. Yelling. Blood/gore: A butcher cuts the head off a skinned rabbit, splitting it in half. A child plays with their bloody knee. Child's arm put in plaster cast, Band-Aids on knees, wound-dressing (antiseptic and badage), scratching eczema. Needle inserted into child's arm/blood drawn. Statue of nun holding Jesus on the cross. Discussion of dead mother (AIDS/pneumonia implied - bleeding, wounds, fear of coming into contact with infected blood). A woman on the toilet changes her menstrual pad. Period pain mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Naked children (bottom and vagina visible), children in underwear and swimwear. Shirtless man, woman in bra. Platonic hugging and kissing between family members.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol on tables (wine, beer). Smoking (cigarettes). A child pretends to smoke a cigarette. Prescribed drugs (antihistamine), mother's drug use mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    S-words, damn. Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES:

    Children, cousins, dares, bad behaviour, marriage, death, grief, AIDS, adoption, custody, upbringing, family tension, guardianship.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Dead mother (AIDS/pneumonia implied), dead father, cat allergy, bed-wetting mentioned. A child searches for their deceased mother (outside at night alone). Fireworks (loud), power blackouts. Chickens. Based on a true story.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Intimate, immersive, minimalist, heartbreaking, joyous, autobiographical, earnest, thoughtful, moving, delicate, true, captivating, sensitive, understated, vivid. Superb acting, even-handed/strong script, slow/considered pace does pay off, unwavering chemistry between cast, fulfilling end scene, profoundly captures the essence of childhood, avoids sentimentality.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Slow, gruelling. Some invasive shaky-cam cinematography, some forced emotional perspective, unnecessary/intrusive jazz score.

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