Summer in the Forest Reviews

April 16, 2020
Well-intentioned but cloying.
April 26, 2018
Director Randall Wright keeps things simple. Nothing much happens, really, but the film's optimistic take on life is like an easygoing stroll through a verdant forest. It's invigorating.
April 5, 2018
Wright's film provides considerable insight into how various special-needs conditions might be better handled by society than they are presently.
March 23, 2018
The movie's Edenic vision prioritizes long footage of group meals and daily routines over talk of funding or governmental policy, which will suit viewers wanting to vicariously experience a community where acceptance is the overriding principle.
March 23, 2018
Regardless of it all, the characters are so uninhibited and candid they achieve, without effort, a naturalism that would be the envy of any method actor.
March 23, 2018
Modest, intimate documentary about L'Arche, an international organization for the disabled, and its founder Jean Vanier.
March 22, 2018
"Summer in the Forest" is an extraordinarily tender documentary that asks what it means to be human. Here, even the most gentle scenes raise mighty questions.
March 21, 2018
It's quite a story, one that, like all good stories, turns out to have meaning for anyone.
October 9, 2017
Do try to catch Summer In The Forest, an affectionate and joyously uplifting portrait of Jean Vanier, a philosopher and former Canadian Navy officer who appears as close to a living saint as you can imagine.
June 23, 2017
This is a calm and often affecting study of L'Arche, a community of people with learning disabilities in Trosly-Breuil, northern France.
June 22, 2017
This tender-hearted documentary presents fond memories of the elderly residents and celebrates this gentle haven of compassion.