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Ver Summer in the Forest

Like countless others, Philippe, Michel, Andre and Patrick were labeled 'idiots', locked away and forgotten in violent asylums, until the 1960s, when the young philosopher Jean Vanier took a stand and secured their release - the first time in history that anyone had beaten the system. Together they created L'Arche, a commune at the edge of a beautiful forest near Paris. A quiet revolution was born. Now in his 80s, still at L'Arche and revered by some as a living saint, Jean has discovered something that most of us have forgotten - what it is to be human, to be foolish, and to be happy. SUMMER IN THE FOREST invite us to abandon the rat race and forge new friendships. Amid the ancient trees, Philippe, Patrick, Jean and the others welcome us into their lives. If there are rules to break, they will be broken. And if there is a truth to be told, they will tell it. Michel reveals his war-torn past, Andre is desperate for a date, and young David will prove himself a hero in the fight against the forces of evil.

Genres
Documentary
Director
Randall Wright

All Systems Operational


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Thursday, 30 Apr 2020 01:02

The most frustrating thing about this documentary is the fact that no one has been able to explain why it wasn't considered a true story. The documentary makers went to great lengths to try and prove that it was a true story, which may be why the ending was a little too forced. I guess the producers knew they couldn't have it both ways, and just came out with a "no comment". What really strikes me is how much the subjects have grown since they made the documentary. Both of the men involved in the documentary (who were famous then, but not anymore) have made some really good movies over the past few years, and the two women who filmed the documentary are no longer working for the documentary makers. It's interesting that one of the women has a children of her own. I would say that she has grown up into a more sophisticated individual. The documentary's length is quite annoying at times. You really want to get to the point. I don't know how they ended it, but it seems like they could have made it a little shorter, and made the documentary longer, without it being a "no comment". The only time the documentary doesn't seem to be telling a true story is at the very end. It doesn't really go anywhere, and it makes it feel like a little letdown. The ending was so abrupt that it seemed like they were just trying to cut a few scenes. If they had made it a little longer, the ending would have been a lot more impactful. Overall, this documentary is very worthwhile for people who are interested in the subject matter.


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