Summer In The Forest
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. http://www.summerintheforest.com/
- 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