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Critic Reviews for Summer
As a portrait of stasis brought on by poverty and a study of youthful abandon gone sour in the face of zero opportunities, this is sensitive stuff, even if there's little that's surprising.
Strong performances across the board elevate a small-scale tale that's easy to admire but hard to get excited about.
Glenaan's spare film, set on a council estate in Bolsover, shows how dreams are cruelly extinguished, yet little bits of surreal magic illuminate this tough film with glimmers of hope.
There are a few literal-minded scene-by-scene explanations too many; how undiagnosed dyslexia made a bad kid out of Shaun. It's a shame as they put the emotional heart of film at arm's-length.
A quiet film to inspire quiet admiration, Kenny Glenaan's wistful character piece has a lovely asset in Robert Carlyle - often a careless chooser of parts, but a gentle, sensitive actor in his element here.
Audience Reviews for Summer
Standard issue northern grim fest enlivened by a fine line in black humour.
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