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Summer 1993 (2017)

Estiu 1993 (original title)
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After her mother's death, six-year-old Frida is sent to her uncle's family to live with them in the countryside. But Frida finds it hard to forget her mother and adapt to her new life.

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Carla Simón

Writer:

Carla Simón
35 wins & 54 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Laia Artigas ... Frida
Paula Robles Paula Robles ... Anna
Bruna Cusí ... Marga
David Verdaguer ... Esteve
Fermí Reixach ... Avi
Montse Sanz Montse Sanz ... Lola
Isabel Rocatti Isabel Rocatti ... Àvia
Berta Pipó Berta Pipó ... Tieta Àngela
Etna Campillo Etna Campillo ... Irene
Paula Blanco ... Cesca
Quimet Pla Quimet Pla ... Gabriel
Dolores Fortis Dolores Fortis ... Carnissera (as Dolors Fortis Artacho)
Tere Solà Tere Solà ... Senyora Carnisseria (as Tere Solà Nasarre)
Josep Torrent Josep Torrent ... Doctor (as Josep Torrent Alabau)
Cristina Matas Cristina Matas ... Infermera (as Cristina Matas Calvet)
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Storyline

In the Summer of 1993, Frida, a six-year-old little girl, leaves Barcelona and her grandparents for the countryside. After her father, her mother has just died of a mysterious illness. Taken in by her uncle Esteve and aunt Marga, Frida discovers her new environment, an old stone farmhouse in a mountainous area close to a dense forest. Her new "parents" prove friendly. Another good point is that they have a three-year old daughter named Anna who can become a playmate. For another child less disturbed than miserable uprooted Frida, this would be the most idyllic of stays, in other words a permanent vacation. But Frida IS disturbed and if there are undeniably good times at her new "home", there is also the unexpressed pain which makes her both feel sad and behave badly. Will Frida overcome her troubles ? Only the end of Summer will tell. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Spain's Official Submission for Foreign Language Film Competition for the 90th Academy Awards

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Drama | Family

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Spain

Language:

Catalan

Release Date:

25 May 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Verano 1993 See more »

Filming Locations:

Olot, Girona, Catalonia, Spain See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€960,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,307, 27 May 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$183,570, 16 August 2018
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Dolby Atmos

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Laia Artigas and Paula Robles were cast for Frida and Anna respectively because they displayed a power struggle relationship during the casting process. See more »

Quotes

Frida: No one loves me here.
Anna: I love you.
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Features The Return of Dogtanian (1990) See more »

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Cabbage, Falling Down
Written by Pau Boïgues
Performed by Pau Solsona, Simon E. Osuna and Joan Torné
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A sweet film to be savoured on many different levels
12 August 2018 | by CineMuseFilmsSee all my reviews

Many movies stand or fall on their final scenes because our memory retro-frames the film through its climax. Limp endings always disappoint but the last 20 seconds of the Spanish film Summer 1993 (2017) elevates what would have been just a sweetly lyrical tale of childhood loss into a powerhouse essay on the nature of grief.

In simple linear fashion it's an uncomplicated story of six-year old Frida (Laia Artigas) who is abruptly moved into her aunt's home when both parents die from AIDS-related illness. We are never actually told about the illness, rather we see the shame and hear the silence surrounding why they died, and there is unmistakable discomfort around blood as a recurring motif. While her adoptive parents were not exactly delighted to have Frida, they are dutiful, kind and loving; family always comes first in Catalonian tradition. On the surface, all appears to be settling down well, especially for their three-year old daughter Anna (Paula Robles) who is thrilled to suddenly have a sister and a constant playmate.

What makes this simple tale unique is how it is told entirely through Frida's point of view. The world of a six-year old moves slowly as the developing mind processes what is happening. The camera lingers on Frida's eyes and captures the shifting cycles of abandonment, painful loss, confusion, desire to belong, followed by laughter and child's play. Most scenes are languid in pace, framed at children's height looking up at an adult-controlled world. Scenes of backyard, bathtub and bedtime play show Frida initially on the fringe of belonging and gradually inching towards being part of her new home. It's normal family life and nothing untoward happens; even when Frida leaves Anna in the woods, you sense it is to gain attention rather than show malice towards the three-year old.

If you prefer stories with strong forward narrative you may find this one too slow, even though it's impossible not to enjoy the exquisite naturalness of Frida and Anna. Children of this age do not act; they just are who they are, and the director's artistry lies in channelling their performance into a gently nostalgic autobiographical film. The full impact of the tale erupts during a final scene of joyful family bedtime play. Just when Frida is feeling safe and loved, she bursts into uncontrollable and inconsolable tears. It is a sight we have not seen before.

This is a film to be savoured on many levels. The cinematography and settings are an obvious source of visual and emotional pleasure, but it is at a deeper level that this film delivers its greater impact. We will read it according to our life experience, but it says much about the importance of family and the way young children experience profound loss. At all levels, this is a film that leaves a deep imprint.


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