Summer in the Forest

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Like countless others Philippe, Michel, Andre and Patrick were labeled 'idiots', locked away and forgotten in violent asylums, until the 1960s, when the young philosopher Jean Vanier took a stand and secured their release--the first time in history that anyone had beaten the system. Together they created L'Arche, a commune at the edge of a beautiful forest near Paris. A quiet revolution was born. Now in his 80s, and still at L'Arche, Jean has discovered something that most of us have forgotten--what it is to be human, to be foolish, and to be happy. SUMMER IN THE FOREST invites us to abandon the rat race and forge new friendships. Amid the ancient trees, Philippe, Patrick, Jean and the others welcome us into their lives. If there are rules to break, they will be broken and if there is a truth to be told, they will tell it. Michel reveals his war torn past, Andre is desperate for a date, and young David will prove himself a hero in the fight against the forces of evil.

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  • Director Randall Wright keeps things simple. Nothing much happens, really, but the film's optimistic take on life is like an easygoing stroll through a verdant forest. It's invigorating.

    Apr 26, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Wright's film provides considerable insight into how various special-needs conditions might be better handled by society than they are presently.

    Apr 5, 2018 | Full Review…

    Dennis Harvey

    Variety
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  • The movie's Edenic vision prioritizes long footage of group meals and daily routines over talk of funding or governmental policy, which will suit viewers wanting to vicariously experience a community where acceptance is the overriding principle.

    Mar 23, 2018 | Full Review…
  • "Summer in the Forest" is an extraordinarily tender documentary that asks what it means to be human. Here, even the most gentle scenes raise mighty questions.

    Mar 22, 2018 | Full Review…
  • It's quite a story, one that, like all good stories, turns out to have meaning for anyone.

    Mar 21, 2018 | Full Review…
  • This is a calm and often affecting study of L'Arche, a community of people with learning disabilities in Trosly-Breuil, northern France.

    Jun 23, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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