By Amanda Toone
I really loved Summer In The Forest. For me, the film is a reminder of what’s important in life. It demonstrates how the small things in most of our lives can be the big things for people with intellectual disabilities, even picking up a cup of coffee. Instant satisfaction for them is rarely an option. As Jean Vanier said, “life isn’t a video game”.
I loved the way the personalities were portrayed and enjoyed getting to know them, hearing their opinions, seeing their imagination in action and witnessing their human relationships.
The loving relationships Jean had with everyone in the community and the dignity and respect he gave them was extremely touching. Watching Summer In The Forest is an experience never to be forgotten.