Really looks and feel like a document over three Iranian guys having their last boy-trip together as this feels more like a documentary than a fiction movie. Hard to dislike even when the film is still, quiet and nothing really happens as it feels so true to life.
A very entertaining road trip of a film. During their roadtrip, 3 friends philosophize about their lives, friendship, love and their futures. The various themes they discuss have a resounding universality to them which makes this film and their interactions quite enjoyable. When their journey comes to an end, not everything is resolved, and yet it still feels quite satisfying. As does the entire film.
These reviews make me laugh. Such a beautiful film about 3 friends in Paris who decide to take a trip to the coast before one of them heads back home to Iran. They drive and camp so freely through the French countryside, and talk about stuff. And the poetic, understated, steady direction gives us all a serene mediation on identity, Iran, and friendship. Really strong direction.
A series of ruminations contrasting one's best self with the self they are in their home culture. Becomes even more interesting when Hossein is forced to be satisfied with his best self in exchange for staying away from Iran. Not a whole lot of conflict (except for some tension with the two girls), but generally goes down pretty easy because the film isn't taking itself completely seriously. It's very sincere.
""Heartfelt, headstrong independent filmmaking ... [with an] off-the-cuff approach [that] gives the film an exuberance and a sense of freedom.... We’re not used to seeing men of this ethnicity depicted w/ such a light, good-humored touch, especially in these times.... We’re not used to seeing men of any ethnicity interact w/ such tender, unembarrassed affection toward each other. - Jessica Kiang, The Playlist
i'm glad i finally watched it - a modest little road movie about male friendship, but it feels a little slight, without the peaks and troughs this kind of film should have. there's some interesting observations on identity, migration, travel and courting rituals, but it stays a little too close to the surface. it could have had more to it.
A really nicely simply done film. No wannabe-ism. No pretensions... dealing with it lightly, a road trip to the south of France with three Iranian friends makes comments on social conteXts subtly without the need for overtures. Also seeing diasporic characters being dealt with and treated as humans and NOT caricatures is refreshing.
honest film making: this causal low budget road trip film paired with candid style acting, makes for a very enjoyable humorous experience. rare to find such seamless and well matched talent across the board, editing, casting, cinematography, acting, writing. Very relatable and nuanced, my kind of crafted reality.
An interesting look at what it means to try settling down to life in another country and also what it means to be an adult male still caught up with the preconceptions of maculinity and how you should act in certain situations, Before Summer Ends is good, but ultimately fails to realise its potential.
It's a light-hearted and touching road movie about friendship and identity. Three iranian friends take the road one last time before one of them move back to their homeland. They talk about the spaces between people and cultures and being abroad versus being deeply rooted amongst your own people. Who are we anyway?