Dappled summer B

by aqsd-30344 | created - 29 Jun 2017 | updated - 1 week ago | Public

Sunshine through lush foliage, rustling breezes, cicadas and crickets, hazy vistas, languid days... I love and search for these films.

Must have: a significant part of the film or at least a critical scene with the "dappled summer" criterion of sunshine amidst greenery.

Usually: filmed in natural daylight, outdoors in nature in the spring or summer, with a soundtrack with field recordings of insects and wind through leaves.

Excludes: urban, dry or treeless settings (no desert, scrubland, grassland, savanna, tundra..) and most beach movies with a few honourable exceptions. Also fiction preferred to documentaries, mainly, and colour to black & white almost always.

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1. The Picasso Summer (1969)

M/PG | 90 min | Drama

A San Francisco couple travels to France in search of Pablo Picasso.

Director: Robert Sallin | Stars: Albert Finney, Yvette Mimieux, Luis Miguel Dominguín, Theodore Marcuse

Votes: 254

2. George Washington (2000)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama

82 Metascore

A group of children, in a depressed small town, band together to cover up a tragic mistake one summer.

Director: David Gordon Green | Stars: Candace Evanofski, Donald Holden, Damian Jewan Lee, Curtis Cotton III

Votes: 7,287 | Gross: $0.24M

3. Her Wilderness (2014)

Not Rated | 65 min | Drama, Mystery

An elliptical, minimalist narrative of a lost, wandering child in the wake of an affair that may or may not have even happened.

Director: Frank Mosley | Stars: Lauren McCune, Morgana Shaw, Crystal Pate, Jack Elliott

Votes: 25

4. The Way Way Back (2013)

PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Drama

68 Metascore

Shy 14-year-old Duncan goes on summer vacation with his mother, her overbearing boyfriend, and her boyfriend's daughter. Having a rough time fitting in, Duncan finds an unexpected friend in Owen, manager of the Water Wizz water park.

Directors: Nat Faxon, Jim Rash | Stars: Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, AnnaSophia Robb

Votes: 133,511 | Gross: $21.50M

5. Columbus (2017)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

89 Metascore

A Korean-born man finds himself stuck in Columbus, Indiana, where his architect father is in a coma. The man meets a young woman who wants to stay in Columbus with her mother, a recovering addict, instead of pursuing her own dreams.

Director: Kogonada | Stars: John Cho, Haley Lu Richardson, Parker Posey, Michelle Forbes

Votes: 11,225 | Gross: $1.02M

6. The Long, Hot Summer (1958)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama

Accused barn burner and con man Ben Quick arrives in a small Mississippi town and quickly ingratiates himself with its richest family, the Varners.

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Anthony Franciosa, Orson Welles

Votes: 9,073

7. Last Weekend (2014)

Unrated | 94 min | Comedy, Drama

40 Metascore

When an affluent matriarch gathers her dysfunctional family for a holiday at their Northern California lake house, her carefully constructed weekend begins to come apart at the seams, leading her to question her own role in the family.

Directors: Tom Dolby, Tom Williams | Stars: Patricia Clarkson, Zachary Booth, Joseph Cross, Chris Mulkey

Votes: 893 | Gross: $0.10M

8. Putty Hill (2010)

Unrated | 85 min | Drama

78 Metascore

A young man's untimely death unites a fractured family and their community through shared memory and loss.

Director: Matthew Porterfield | Stars: Sky Ferreira, Cody Ray, Dustin Ray, James Siebor Jr.

Votes: 643 | Gross: $0.05M

9. Songs My Brothers Taught Me (2015)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama

63 Metascore

With an older brother in jail and living with their single mother on Pine Ridge Reservation, Johnny and his sister Jashuan's lives develop new challenges when their absentee cowboy father ... See full summary »

Director: Chloé Zhao | Stars: John Reddy, Jashaun St. John, Taysha Fuller, Eleonore Hendricks

Votes: 652 | Gross: $0.03M

10. C.O.G. (2013)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Drama

60 Metascore

A cocky young man travels to Oregon to work on an apple farm. Out of his element, he finds his lifestyle and notions being picked apart by everyone who crosses his path.

Director: Kyle Patrick Alvarez | Stars: Jonathan Groff, Denis O'Hare, Corey Stoll, Dean Stockwell

Votes: 3,414 | Gross: $0.06M

11. Passion Fish (1992)

R | 135 min | Drama

After an accident leaves her a paraplegic, a former soap opera star struggles to recover both emotionally and mentally, until she meets her newest nurse, who has struggles of her own.

Director: John Sayles | Stars: Mary McDonnell, Alfre Woodard, Angela Bassett, Lenore Banks

Votes: 4,686 | Gross: $5.41M

12. Love! Valour! Compassion! (1997)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

59 Metascore

Gregory invites seven friends to spend the summer at his large, secluded 19th-century home in upstate New York. The seven are: Bobby, Gregory's "significant other," who is blind but who ... See full summary »

Director: Joe Mantello | Stars: Jason Alexander, Stephen Spinella, Stephen Bogardus, Randy Becker

Votes: 3,174 | Gross: $2.87M

13. The Assam Garden (1985)

92 min | Drama

An Englishwoman and her Indian neighbor bond while fixing up her Imperial-style garden. Meanwhile, present day concerns and painful memories intrude.

Director: Mary McMurray | Stars: Deborah Kerr, Ronald Russell, Daisy Bell, Peggy Ann Wood

Votes: 136

14. Pascali's Island (1988)

PG-13 | 104 min | Drama

1908: Pascali, a spy for the Sultan, sends reports to Istanbul that nobody reads. His suspicions are roused when a British archeologist appears, who may not be quite what he seems.

Director: James Dearden | Stars: Ben Kingsley, Charles Dance, Kevork Malikyan, George Murcell

Votes: 904 | Gross: $1.45M

15. The Endless Summer (1966)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Sport

The crown jewel to ten years of Bruce Brown surfing documentaries. Brown follows two young surfers around the world in search of the perfect wave, and ends up finding quite a few in addition to some colorful local characters.

Director: Bruce Brown | Stars: Robert August, Michael Hynson, Lord James Blears, Bruce Brown

Votes: 4,713

16. The City of Your Final Destination (2009)

PG-13 | 117 min | Drama, Romance

52 Metascore

Twenty-eight-year-old Kansas University doctoral student Omar Razaghi (Omar Metwally) wins a grant to write a biography of Latin American writer Jules Gund. Omar must get through to three ... See full summary »

Director: James Ivory | Stars: Omar Metwally, Anthony Hopkins, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Nicholas Blandullo

Votes: 2,688

17. Wild Prairie Rose (2016)

90 min | Drama, Family

In 1952 Rose Miller returns to her rural hometown of Beresford, South Dakota to care for her ailing mother. Once there, she falls in love with a deaf man and must decide if she has the ... See full summary »

Director: Deborah LaVine | Stars: Betsy Berenson, Maya Brattkus, Deanne Bray, Courtney Jones

Votes: 33

18. The Emerald Forest (1985)

R | 114 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

After the son of engineer Bill Markham is abducted by an aboriginal tribe on the edge of the rain forest, the engineer spends the next 10 years searching for him.

Director: John Boorman | Stars: Powers Boothe, Meg Foster, Yara Vaneau, William Rodriguez

Votes: 8,693 | Gross: $24.47M

19. Akenfield (1974)

98 min | Drama

As the young man, Tom, prepares to leave the Suffolk village of his birth, voices and experiences from his family's past crowd in on his mind, weaving a poetic tapestry of the love of home and the longing to get away from it.

Director: Peter Hall | Stars: Garrow Shand, Peggy Cole, Barbara Tilney, Lyn Brooks

Votes: 85

20. Avanti! (1972)

R | 144 min | Comedy, Romance

A successful businessman goes to Italy to arrange for the return of his tycoon-father's body only to discover dad died with his mistress of long standing.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Juliet Mills, Clive Revill, Edward Andrews

Votes: 8,540 | Gross: $3.30M

21. The Levelling (2016)

R | 83 min | Drama

81 Metascore

Somerset, October 2014. When Clover Catto (Ellie Kendrick) receives a call telling her that her younger brother Harry (Joe Blakemore) is dead, she must return to her family farm and face ... See full summary »

Director: Hope Dickson Leach | Stars: Ellie Kendrick, David Troughton, Jack Holden, Joe Blakemore

Votes: 2,091 | Gross: $0.00M

22. Mercury in Retrograde (2017)

105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Three couples from Chicago vacation for a weekend at a lakeside cabin in Michigan. Over the course of three days in this relationship drama, hidden tensions and secrets slowly come to the surface.

Director: Michael Glover Smith | Stars: Alana Arenas, Roxane Mesquida, Jack C. Newell, Shane Simmons

Votes: 48

23. Road to Capri

Comedy | Pre-production

One dead father. Two mothers. Two brothers who didn't know they were brothers. One inheritance.

Director: Boris Damast | Stars: Virginia Madsen, Alfred Molina, Frankie Muniz, Franco Nero

24. The Grass Harp (1995)

PG | 107 min | Drama, Comedy

After his mother's death, Collin Fenwick goes to live with his father's cousins, the wealthy, avaricious, and controlling Verena Talbo, and her compliant, earthy sister Dolly. When a city ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Matthau | Stars: Piper Laurie, Sissy Spacek, Walter Matthau, Edward Furlong

Votes: 2,893 | Gross: $0.49M

25. Hounddog (2007)

R | 102 min | Drama, Music

31 Metascore

A drama set in the American South, where a precocious, troubled girl finds a safe haven in the music and movement of Elvis Presley.

Director: Deborah Kampmeier | Stars: Dakota Fanning, David Morse, Piper Laurie, Granoldo Frazier

Votes: 5,741 | Gross: $0.13M

26. The Sandlot (1993)

PG | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

In the summer of 1962, a new kid in town is taken under the wing of a young baseball prodigy and his rowdy team, resulting in many adventures.

Director: David Mickey Evans | Stars: Tom Guiry, Mike Vitar, Art LaFleur, Patrick Renna

Votes: 72,435 | Gross: $32.42M

27. The Love Guide (2011)

Not Rated | 78 min | Comedy

A comedy about a woman who saves her chicken farm and her family by agreeing to be the subject of a "reality show" with a celebrity Hollywood weight loss expert. Both women change and discover the true meaning of success.

Director: Derek Estlin Purvis | Stars: Parker Posey, Kathryn Erbe, Jay Harrington, Christy Scott Cashman

Votes: 265

28. Trauma (1976)

R | 84 min | Thriller

A paranoid writer is unable to get started on his second novel. He hires a secretary and then his troubles really begin.

Director: James Kenelm Clarke | Stars: Udo Kier, Linda Hayden, Fiona Richmond, Patsy Smart

Votes: 830

29. Hot Summer Nights (2017)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

44 Metascore

In the summer of 1991, a sheltered teenage boy comes of age during a wild summer he spends in Cape Cod getting rich from selling pot to gangsters, falling in love for the first time, partying and eventually realizing that he is in over his head.

Director: Elijah Bynum | Stars: Timothée Chalamet, Maika Monroe, Alex Roe, Emory Cohen

Votes: 8,398

30. Pete's Dragon (2016)

PG | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

71 Metascore

The adventures of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliot, who just so happens to be a dragon.

Director: David Lowery | Stars: Bryce Dallas Howard, Robert Redford, Oakes Fegley, Oona Laurence

Votes: 49,893 | Gross: $76.23M

31. Peace, Love & Misunderstanding (2011)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

45 Metascore

An uptight New York City lawyer takes her two teenagers to her hippie mother's farmhouse upstate for a family vacation.

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Jane Fonda, Catherine Keener, Elizabeth Olsen, Nat Wolff

Votes: 7,532 | Gross: $0.54M

32. Lost on Purpose (2013)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama

Our story takes place in the fertile, San Joaquin Valley. Fueled by gin and sheer determination, Elizabeth James (Ms. Liz) operates her third generation dairy farm outside the region's ... See full summary »

Directors: Eshom Nelms, Ian Nelms | Stars: Jane Kaczmarek, C. Thomas Howell, James Lafferty, Aaron Hill

Votes: 235

33. King Jack (2015)

Not Rated | 81 min | Adventure, Drama

72 Metascore

An underprivileged teenager bonds with his young cousin while facing off against a vicious bully.

Director: Felix Thompson | Stars: Charlie Plummer, Cory Nichols, Christian Madsen, Danny Flaherty

Votes: 2,599

34. Last Summer (1969)

R | 95 min | Drama

During summer vacation on Fire Island, three young people--a girl and two guys--become so close that they form a sort-of threesome. When an uncool girl tries to infiltrate the trio's newly ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Perry | Stars: Barbara Hershey, Richard Thomas, Bruce Davison, Catherine Burns

Votes: 1,478

35. Last Summer (2013)

TV-14 | 73 min | Drama, Romance

Two high school sweethearts, Luke and Jonah, spend their final months together over the course of a long, quiet summer in the rural South--a world of baseball, bicycles, church and green ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Thiedeman | Stars: Deb Lewis, Samuel Pettit, Sean Rose, Roben R. Sullivant

Votes: 744

36. Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation (1962)

Approved | 116 min | Comedy, Family

Mr. Hobbs wants to spend a quiet holiday at the beach, but his wife has invited all their family to stay with them.

Director: Henry Koster | Stars: James Stewart, Maureen O'Hara, Fabian, Lauri Peters

Votes: 4,328

37. Where the Boys Are (1960)

Approved | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Four very different college girls drive to Fort Lauderdale, Florida for spring break and seek out various adventures and romance for themselves.

Director: Henry Levin | Stars: Dolores Hart, George Hamilton, Yvette Mimieux, Jim Hutton

Votes: 2,155

38. The Great Outdoors (1988)

PG | 91 min | Comedy

24 Metascore

A Chicago man's hope for a peaceful family vacation in the woods is shattered when the annoying in-laws drop in.

Director: Howard Deutch | Stars: Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, Stephanie Faracy, Annette Bening

Votes: 35,913 | Gross: $41.46M

39. 75 Degrees in July (2000)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

The film is set against the sweltering beauty of the Texas countryside, at a family ranch estate of a well-to-do family.

Director: Hyatt Bass | Stars: Shirley Knight, William R. Moses, Karen Sillas, Heidi Swedberg

Votes: 82

40. Marjorie Morningstar (1958)

Approved | 128 min | Drama, Romance

While working as a counselor at a summer camp, college-student Marjorie Morgenstern falls for 32-year-old Noel Airman, a would-be dramatist working at a nearby summer theater. Like Marjorie... See full summary »

Director: Irving Rapper | Stars: Gene Kelly, Natalie Wood, Claire Trevor, Everett Sloane

Votes: 865

41. Summer Solstice (1981 TV Movie)

75 min | Drama, Romance

50 years after their mariage a couple look back on when they first met. Through flashbacks we se them fall in love.

Director: Ralph Rosenblum | Stars: Henry Fonda, Myrna Loy, Stephen Collins, Lindsay Crouse

Votes: 179

42. Summer Solstice (2003)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama

In the summer of '92, Joshua Ballard, a brilliant but aimless college student, meets lighthouse keeper Seth Arden at a seaside college town. His reckless detachment from classmates Micki ... See full summary »

Director: George Fivas | Stars: George Fivas, Joe Estevez, Brook Jenell Slack, Lindsay Pulsipher

Votes: 30

43. Meatballs (1979)

PG | 94 min | Comedy

60 Metascore

Wacky hijinks of counselors and campers at a less-than-average summer camp.

Director: Ivan Reitman | Stars: Bill Murray, Harvey Atkin, Kate Lynch, Russ Banham

Votes: 17,560 | Gross: $43.05M

44. White Water Summer (1987)

PG | 90 min | Adventure, Drama

The story of a shy boy who gets convinced by his parents to spend a few summer days in the mountains. So, he joins a group, and the vacation begins. Unfortunately, things turn out to be a little tough for our small friend.

Director: Jeff Bleckner | Stars: Kevin Bacon, Sean Astin, Jonathan Ward, K.C. Martel

Votes: 4,730 | Gross: $0.30M

45. Bank Holiday (1938)

86 min | Comedy, Drama

A 1930s British summer Bank Holiday starts at midday on Saturday with a rush for the trains to the sea-side. Doreen Richards under the name Miss Fulham is off with friend Milly to a beauty ... See full summary »

Director: Carol Reed | Stars: John Lodge, Margaret Lockwood, Hugh Williams, Rene Ray

Votes: 301

46. Driving Lessons (2006)

PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy, Drama

56 Metascore

A coming of age story about a shy teenage boy trying to escape from the influence of his domineering mother. His world changes when he begins to work for a retired actress.

Director: Jeremy Brock | Stars: Rupert Grint, Laura Linney, Julie Walters, Fay Cohen

Votes: 10,332 | Gross: $0.24M

47. A Thousand Acres (1997)

R | 105 min | Drama

"King Lear" set on a farm in Iowa.

Director: Jocelyn Moorhouse | Stars: Michelle Pfeiffer, Jessica Lange, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jason Robards

Votes: 4,836 | Gross: $7.93M

48. Medicine Man (1992)

PG-13 | 106 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance