Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993) Sunday, 29 March 2020

Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993)

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  • Rating:


  • 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)


    (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.


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


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


    S-words, damn. Religious references and exclamations.


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


    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.


    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.


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

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