Summer In The Forest – The Reviews Are In!


002 Michel and Patrick Walking Near Trosly


“Right now, there doesn’t seem to much goodness in the world so do try to catch Summer In The Forest, an affectionate and joyously uplifting portrait of Jean Vanier… If the individual interviews don’t get you (the life of one contributor, Michel, was brutally limited by a bungled spinal injection he received as a child), then the idyllic-looking summer picnic in the forest that surrounds his original community near Paris will… the sheer humanity – of the man, his staff and his appreciative but quietly liberated charges – absolutely shines through. Viewing should be compulsory.” – Daily Mail

“Tender-hearted… exceptionally moving” – Sight & Sound

“Breathtakingly beautiful… the keynote is joy… It’s a place, a world, a dream of a world, where people who are usually at the bottom of the pile are given a taste of what it’s like when hierarchies of power give way to what you can really only call love… In these dark times, we need to know that there is summer in the forest. We need to know that there is joy and laughter and beauty and kindess and love… If you want to see more beauty and kindness, then go and see this truly important film. It will make you laugh. It will make you cry. And it will remind you of what it really means to be strong.” – Christina Patterson, The Guardian

“Revolutionary… a tender-hearted documentary”Daily Express




“A thoughtful and refined insight… [The community] are not pressed to relay traumatic memories for the camera, but are simply permitted to behave naturally and with a genuine, unfiltered voice of their own, which is captivating to see… uplifting and motivating.” – The Upcoming


“This film could not be more timely!” – The Telegraph


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