Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993) (2018)


Critic Consensus: Summer 1993 (Estiu 1993) finds writer-director Carla Simón drawing on personal memories to create a thoughtful drama elevated by outstanding work from its young leads.


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In Carla Simón's touching autobiographical film, six-year-old Frida looks on in silence as the last objects from her recently deceased mother's apartment in Barcelona are placed in boxes. Although her aunt, uncle, and younger cousin Anna welcome her with open arms, it's only very slowly that Frida begins to get used to her new home in the countryside. Punctuated by moments of youthful exuberance and mature ruminations, this coming of age drama, set amongst summery hues, is an extraordinarily moving snapshot of being a child in an adult world, anchored by flawless performances by its two young stars.

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Refreshingly, Simón's take on the "summer that changed everything" movie is delicate and unsentimental, earning an emotional response simply by exploring how a child interprets loss from the child's perspective and at the child's pace.

Sep 25, 2018 | Full Review…

Not since Boyhood has a film shown this much respect and understanding for what it's like to be a child.

Jun 22, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's a film entirely lacking in pomp, but there's a certain bravado in its delicate reservation. A tender and spare meditation on family unfurls in the stillness of a sleepy, sun-soaked Spanish summer.

Jun 14, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

In this semi-autobiographical period piece, Simón achieves the rare feat of faithfully recreating the mysterious consciousness of a child.

Jun 6, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Some creatures are able to grow new limbs. Frida, given more than half a chance after demanding it, achieves something no less remarkable. She grows new joy and hope.

May 25, 2018 | Full Review…

The result is a kind of grief procedural, its focus sharpened by the lush greens of the Catalan landscape.

May 24, 2018 | Full Review…
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