Summer

  • 1988
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

The trying relationship between a young autistic boy and the frustrated father who attempts to reach him is the rather slim basis of this slow-moving and uneventful film. The movie is set in an Alpine resort where the father (Schech) has taken his son, Rankl. He hopes that by devoting all his time to the boy in this tranquil and isolated environment, he...read more

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The trying relationship between a young autistic boy and the frustrated father who attempts to reach him is the rather slim basis of this slow-moving and uneventful film. The movie is set in an Alpine resort where the father (Schech) has taken his son, Rankl. He hopes that by devoting all

his time to the boy in this tranquil and isolated environment, he will be able to break through the wall Rankl has built between himself and the outside world. This, however, proves to be a much more demanding task than Schech had anticipated; because of Rankl's inability to communicate what he

wants or feels, he must be attended to virtually all the time. In fact, the only time Rankl makes any type of verbal response is when the orderliness he has become accustomed to is disturbed, whereupon he lets out a high shriek. It is hinted that Rankl's condition caused the marital difficulty and

subsequent divorce of the boy's father and mother. The wife thought the boy's condition was hopeless, but Schech refuses to accept that conclusion, and he battles relentlessly to reach Rankl. SUMMER is not a very easy film to sit through. Its well-intentioned premise, decent performances, and

stark photography of Alpine scenery just do not provide enough stimuli to support a feature-length movie. The film moves at a static pace with no emotional peaks and the repetitive action limited to a confined space. Moreover, the seldom-used dialog does not seem realistic. (In German; English

subtitles.)

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  • Released: 1988
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: The trying relationship between a young autistic boy and the frustrated father who attempts to reach him is the rather slim basis of this slow-moving and uneventful film. The movie is set in an Alpine resort where the father (Schech) has taken his son, Ran… (more)

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