Six-year-old Frida looks on in silence as the last objects from her deceased mother’s apartment are placed in boxes. Although her uncle’s family welcomes her with open arms, it’s only very slowly that Frida begins to get used to her new home in the countryside, far away from her native Barcelona.
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Beautifully understated exploration of a child's grief while struggling to find her place in a new family dynamic. The characters are full of warmth, the location idyllic and with the focus being almost entirely from the child's POV it at times feels like an observational documentary. recommended 4.5 stars
SUMMER 1993 represents what I hold to be an entirely laudable form of impressionism, seeking to embed itself not only in a milieu but within a unique mode of apprehension. The way the world presents itself to a child is as somewhat inchoate phenomena; nothing a child encounters has much in the way of precedent. It is beautiful to see a debut film do what a child attempts to do with a world: namely, to find a shape.
A heartbreaking film. An exploration of grief through the eyes of childhood and the angst that comes with trying to find your place in the world. Simón has directed a film with an awareness of the richness and wide range of emotions that we experience as children. Summer 1993 is not imbued with nostalgia. A mature work that many filmmakers wish to direct as their opera prima.
La rutina de una familia formándose, sus complicaciones para relacionarse, lidiando con sus temperamentos o personalidades, todo a propósito de la llegada de una nueva integrante. La pequeña protagonista de este filme es la intrusa en un entorno que rebela tensiones y reacciones frente a esta presencia que reprime el sufrimiento y lo convierte en rebeldía. Su final es lo mejor; conmovedor y evidencia de ser síntoma.
Magnífica, desde el primer plano, heredero de "Los 400 golpes" hasta el emocionantísimo final. Recuerda a "El espíritu de la colmena" y es capaz de resistir la comparación.
Carla Simón baja la cámara para descubrirnos la mirada de una niña de 6 años que acaba de quedar huérfana. La complicidad de las niñas, la extremada sensibilidad, el encuadre naturalista...todo es magistral.
Sorry but shooting with a RED and throwing in a couple period appropriate items doesn’t make you a convincing period film. You know what I think about summer 1993? The look and feel of film. Not ultra modern, sterile, no texture digital filmmaking. I understands budget and practicality but to give no effort to reflect texture makes this nearly unwatchable. The girls are amazing and transcend the format but that’s it.