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 ...
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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, still at L'Arche and revered by some as a living saint, 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 invite 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...
I was deeply moved by this film that highlights the life of a remarkable human being. This document is a beautiful testament to the peace, hope, and joy that he brings to the world and receives from the world. How beautiful that a film gives voice to the too often silenced - that it allows for their stories to unfold with honesty and respect. This film also honours people who dedicate their lives to improving the lives of others; people who work with the ignored, neglected, marginalized, different. It calls on us to question our view of success and to reimagine the lives of those considered weak. With all that ugliness and pain and horror we see and hear about, here is a reminder that there is a lot of humanity and beauty in the world. Thank you to Jean Vanier for your guidance and wisdom and thank you to all the people of L'Arche who so honestly opened a small window into their lives and allows us to celebrate all that they are.
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