This Summer Feeling
- English subtitles
During the summer of his life, thirty-something Lawrence loses his girlfriend Sasha. Over the next few years he tries to cope with her death during three consecutive summers in three different cities, together with Sasha’s sister Zoé.
The film starts in Berlin, where Lawrence and Sasha live the carefree life of creative people in their thirties. The sudden death of the spirited Sasha puts an end to casual existence and has a huge impact on both Lawrence and Sasha’s younger sister Zoé. Each in their own way, they try to cope with the emptiness that Sasha left behind.
During three summers in three cities – Berlin, Paris and New York – the two are followed in their search for new certainties. They are helped by their shared love for Sasha and for life. They constantly run into each other in the sundrenched cities, every time one step further on the road to recovery. Sometimes something seems to blossom between them, but before anything can happen, they go their separate ways again.
Their meetings, drenched in memories and nostalgia, take place in the natural habitats of a new generation of global citizens.
Their meetings, drenched in memories and nostalgia, take place in the natural habitats of a new generation of global citizens, who can find homes and likeminded people anywhere. Much time and attention is spent on describing the places where they are, the people that surround them, the social environment in which they move. In these places they are surrounded by love and hope, effectively nipping any lurking cynicism in the bud.
The camerawork, the casual dialogues and the soundtrack create an atmosphere of dreamy summers, when anything is possible and the world is wide open. The film is also an atmospheric ode to three iconic, modern metropolises that derive their worth from their extraordinary histories.
Nicole Santé (translation by Marjan Westbroek)