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Summer In The Forest

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An unfiltered and authentic comedy of errors, revealing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities in a house on the edge of a beautiful forest just north of Paris. If there are rules to break, they will be broken. If there is a truth to be told, they will tell it.

Like countless others Philippe, Michel, Andre and Patrick were rejected as ‘idiots’ and locked away in violent asylums until the sixties when philosopher Jean Vanier secured their release, set up home with them, and came to realise that they knew something the rest of us are forgetting: what it is that makes us truly happy.

Haunting memories upset Michel but he relishes his freedom on long walks in the forest with friends. Still optimistic Andre, approaching seventy, hopes to learn to drive and read, so he can take the woman he loves to a restaurant and choose from the menu without embarrassment.

Beautifully shot for the cinema with full orchestra, The Idiots reveals the mutual benefits of making friends with people very different from ourselves - how vulnerable people help us forget our egos, forgive our enemies, and makes us wonder who the real idiots actually are.


Type of film
Running Time
108 mins
Digital, 2k resolution, 2.35:1
Randall Wright
Randall Wright, Richard Wilson
Paul Binns
Director of Photography
Patrick Duval
John Harle
Principal Cast
Jean Vanier, Michel Petit, Sara Daqdaq
Film Images
©R2W Films


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Last updated 6th June 2016

Production Company

R2W Films,
Richard Wilson
Swiss House
School Lane
BS25 1QP
+44 (0)20 8969 1616