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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.

Other Titles
The Idiots
Running Time
1 hours 48 minutes
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Randall Wright
UK, France, Palestine
Audio Languages
English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

Comments about documentary «Summer in the Forest» (20)

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Phillip Robinson

There are many myths about the nature of natural law, and many attempts to refute them. This documentary tries to show what nature is like, and what it is like to live in it, both natural and manmade. It is true that the big forces of nature are always in motion, and that the human will to live in the environment is always strong. What we see is a pretty natural landscape, and that is what the filmmakers wanted to show. What they show is the contradictions of nature, and how they must be dealt with. They show how humans have destroyed the landscape, and how nature can return. This is a good documentary, and it is good to see how nature is not like a book of commands, but rather a beautiful journey to its own truth.

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James B.

Funny story that I've been looking for since the 70's and it is finally here. There is a lot of humor in it, a lot of good and bad. But if you don't get what the movie is about you will think it's the most boring movie ever. There are a few funny moments but mostly I don't like it. I really hope to see it on TV one day and then I can tell you the whole story and why I'm so pleased with it. I love the characters and I love the fact that the director was able to capture so much in a single movie. All the characters have their own charm and if you are able to appreciate the movie for what it is you'll love it.

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Willie Hanson

I have to disagree with some of the comments here, and with the people who didn't like the documentary. I thought the film was very entertaining, and even though I knew a lot of people who had died in the "shoot-down" and the years following, I think it was very important to show how a great man, such as Richard Burton, could have helped in the war effort. I thought that people who didn't like the film, and thought that the film was "soft" or "leftist," were missing the point. It was really the story of a great man who helped many people, and the documentary, while it was "soft" was very important to show the people of his time. I think that people need to see this film, and that it is very important to have this documentary available for those who have not seen it. Also, I think that those who did not like the film were missing the point, and that this is a film that people need to see. Richard Burton did a lot for the people of the USA, and it is important that people who haven't seen this film know that.

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You know, the very first review I ever wrote for this movie was for this movie. I thought it was going to be a review of how I felt about the movie, but it was more of a review of how I felt about the music and the cinematography. The music is great, the cinematography is great. The story is great, and I was a little disappointed that the characters didn't seem that interested in the story. It is a movie you have to understand to fully appreciate it. If you do, you'll have a great time watching it. If you don't, it's not a movie you'll want to see again. The story is pretty good, it's not a very deep one, but it's pretty good. If you do enjoy movies that are about people learning to live, I highly recommend this movie. If you don't like movies that are about people learning to live, you'll probably want to skip this one.

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Catherine W.

I just saw this documentary in Toronto last night. It was a great insight into what is going on in our inner city communities. While some people will disagree with me, this film has made me reconsider the role that the church plays in this. It is great to see that the church can be a vital part of community and reconciliation. People in the film really did take this film very seriously. I would like to see a few more documentaries like this one, which show the true face of the inner city. There is a lot of different facets that are showing in this film and I would recommend seeing it.

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Marie J.

I'm a long-time fan of Jonathan Safran Foer, and I can't help but think that I missed the boat with this documentary. The title is perfect, in that we are not surprised at all by what happens to the children, but we are surprised by the state of the world as a result. I think that the people who were responsible for the children's suffering and the overpopulation were, in fact, responsible for the world's suffering. I'm also not surprised that the children have a life of violence and turmoil. These are real and measurable phenomena, and I'm not surprised that the world has not been able to address them. I think it's important that people who are willing to talk about the dark side of the world - the violent side of the world - can speak up and speak about what's really happening. It is absolutely worth watching, and if you watch it in the right context - if you listen to the people who are talking about these issues - it can be very enlightening. The world needs more of these kinds of documentaries.

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My family and I were lucky enough to see this film at the first screening. We were all very happy that it was on the big screen. The movie was beautifully made, the story was moving, and the acting was superb. We all loved the movie, and were excited to see it again. We've been looking forward to seeing it again for months, and we're definitely planning on going again. We found the movie to be very exciting and exciting. The cinematography was beautiful, and the atmosphere was amazing. The movie is a unique documentary about the life and death of a lion cub. It was touching and heartwarming. The movie had a very strong emotional impact on us. We really wanted to see it again, and we are very pleased that it was available at the movie theater. We highly recommend this film to anyone who is looking for a great movie experience.

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Justin Boyd

My husband and I loved this film and agree that it is much more accessible than the typical nature film we watch. The story was told in a humorous manner and the acting was superb. We loved the scene in which the boy is playing the violin for the first time and his father tells him that they will play the violin for his dad in heaven. This is a very touching scene and it is absolutely great that this kind of family is being portrayed in a positive light. We would recommend this film to anyone who enjoys family films that do not contain any violent scenes. We were so moved by this film that we will watch it again, especially the end.

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Just as the original Christmas in the park didn't have a huge budget to work with, this one didn't have a great story to tell. It was only two hours long, and when it ended, I felt like I had spent almost two hours of my life that I should be thanking myself for. But it was still a great movie, and I will definitely recommend it to friends. The movie is really good because it shows the reality of the people living in the campground. It shows how it is, how it really is. And it also shows the differences between the two groups. It's a movie you'll want to watch over and over again. The actors were great, and they did a great job. It was a great movie.

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I have never been to a wildlife park. I've been to one or two of the typical summer tourist traps, like the Mall of America and the Carlsbad Caverns of the Sun, but this is the first time I've been to a wildlife park in my entire life. I had to leave my kids home for the day, and this is a park that has been very popular with the kids, mostly because of the idea of "camping". As a father, I had to understand what it was like to be away from home, and I had to accept that some of the park's rules were not quite the same as the rest of the world. The following information comes from the book "The City of the Lost Children" by Phil Matier. The book was written in 1978 and published in 1980, but the movie is just about 10 years old, so it's not as relevant as it might be now. The book is an incredibly powerful story of the childhood and the death of a child. It's about a girl who was abandoned by her parents as a baby, who eventually grows up to be a girl who is separated from her biological mother. Her brother is a boy, and she's placed with a man who was not really her biological father. She grows up and learns to cope with the transition from boy to girl, and eventually her death. The book is written in a way that it shows the girl's childhood and how her life changed from the time she was a baby until her death. The movie isn't as focused on the boy, but instead focuses on the girl. I was blown away by the book. The book was completely different from the movie, and that was a huge thing that I liked about the book. It was definitely a much more mature story. I felt that the movie didn't follow the book, but the movie did a good job of staying true to the book. It's a wonderful story. I don't know how the movie would have been without the book, but it's a good book. The movie is pretty realistic and is really different from what most people are used to seeing in movies. I've never had to go through anything like that before. There are a lot of things that are not shown in the movie, but I still think it's a good thing. The movie is very informative. There is a lot of information that is not shown in the movie, and it is mostly in the book. I highly recommend it. It's a great story.

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Denise G.

This is a beautiful film that should be shown more often. It shows us the beauty and fragility of nature, as well as the beauty of people. It shows us how we can connect with the earth while being busy with our own needs and desires. It shows us how to live our lives with heart and honor. It also shows us how we can live a healthy, loving, fulfilling life while being totally self-sufficient and safe from the ravages of the earth and other people. I recommend this film to everyone, as it is a beautiful film, filled with beautiful images, inspiring music, and life lessons. It will inspire you to live a life of good heart, love, and service.

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Laura H.

One of the reasons I'm giving this movie an 8 instead of a 10 is because it didn't give the viewer the feeling that the director was trying to be 'hip'. This is because the movie was meant to show the simple things that make up a good life. I don't think that there was a single moment in the film that was out of place. That being said, I do think that some of the people who give it a high rating have an obsession with having a hip-ass movie. For example, the title of the movie says that the film is about the "dark side of human nature". However, the dark side of human nature is about the way we treat each other. We shouldn't be taught how to be polite to each other. However, I think that this film does show that in the best possible way. This film is not just a documentary of how to be a good person. It also shows how to treat others. I don't know about you, but I think that this movie is a really great example of how to treat others. So if you are a person who doesn't like this movie, you probably don't like that type of movie.

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Lori R.

The only reason I didn't give it a 10 is because I was concerned about how much they were willing to share about the project. That said, I was quite impressed with what they were able to share. I was really interested in the process of making this film, the creative process, the construction of the actual landscape and the set design. I also was interested in the context in which the film was made. The film itself was made in an East German town and was shot at night. I was also interested in the idea of what happened during the final days of the USSR, as we understand it. The film covers a wide range of topics, from the impact of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, to the personal trauma of people caught up in this horrible event. The film is also a lot of fun. The editing is sharp and the camera work is stylish. I was also impressed by the photography. There was an uncanny realism in some of the shots and I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the film. The soundtrack was also good, but I was disappointed by some of the tracks that were used. I would recommend this film to anyone who is interested in the impact of the Chernobyl disaster on East Germany and the nature of human relationships.

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Marilyn Contreras

I am writing this after watching the movie 'The Game'. It was very informative and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to understand the meaning of the word 'habitat'. I hope it is successful and I can get the DVD for myself. I am surprised that this movie is not showing up on the 'best of' list. The other movies that are mentioned are the 'Nature', 'Beautiful Mind', 'The Game', 'Idiocracy' and 'Wag the Dog'. It seems like a little spoiler to reveal the characters in the movie. I will not spoil the ending but I will tell you that if you go in expecting this to be the ultimate 'Humans vs. Nature' movie, then you will be disappointed. I think it is very important to understand the difference between humans and the 'nature'. I found the movie to be very interesting and informative.

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Rachel Campbell

I was lucky enough to catch this at the Sundance Film Festival and it's well worth seeing. The documentary is a great, well-produced piece of work. I'm not quite sure how I would describe it without sounding like a bunch of "old timers" in their 60s with a lot of stories and anecdotes about their experiences and the time they lived in. The only thing I can say is that it was very well-made. I didn't know much about this group of people prior to watching the film. However, they have a great sense of humor about everything and you really get a sense of how far they've come. I think the thing I liked most about this documentary was that it was just.awesome. It's definitely worth seeing. It's a really nice, well-made film and the documentary does a great job of showing a lot of the quirky stuff they went through.

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Steven Mason

At first, I was worried about how this documentary would go. There was a little bit of a fear that the filmmakers would try to cram as much information into as little space as possible. But that didn't seem to be the case. The documentary is a good, balanced view of the lives of the Tibetans. It's not one of those documentaries that talks about the hardships that Tibetans have to face, and then the people are supposed to be super powerful and strong-willed. Instead, it talks about the hardships that Tibetan people have to endure and the fact that they don't know how to deal with their hardships. It talks about the racism, the abuses, and the over-privilege that Tibetans have to face. The Dalai Lama and his people are not super-powerful. They're not super-strong. But their struggle for freedom is the main focus of the documentary. And the Tibetans are amazing. They're resilient, and they're tough. They fight for what they think is right. The Tibetans are proud of their culture and heritage. They want to live as they always have and to be able to live as they always have. And their struggle for freedom is what we can all learn from. The Dalai Lama and his people are the highlight of the documentary. His people are the ones that are fighting for their freedom. His people are the ones that have to do the work that they have to do to fight for their freedom. The Tibetans are truly inspiring.

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I saw this at the American Film Institute's awards night, and it was very much a show-stopper. I felt like I was part of the audience. The movie is not a documentary, so you won't see all the key players. There are several stories that stand out, and they all make sense. I was surprised to see that this movie was being nominated for an Oscar. And, if you're thinking of seeing it, don't be put off by the director's name. He is not involved in the film. The only other actor in the movie is the child actor, and his voice is not recognizable. This is a good movie, and I'm glad that it got nominated.

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Richard D.

I just wanted to add my voice to the plethora of people who have commented on the plight of the forest animals, and their inability to escape their enclosure. While the animals were ultimately slaughtered, the acting, directing, and photography are remarkable. And I don't mean the animals, I mean the people who have to do with them. It is not just the destruction of the forest, but the destruction of the people who live there. The film shows how these animals are being abused, and how they are being run amok, inhumanely. The wildlife is not only being exterminated, but they are being made fun of, as if they are being exploited for entertainment purposes. I would recommend this film to anyone who is a wildlife lover, or even someone who is not. This film will shock you, and will remind you of the fact that we are still here. We have the ability to change things, and we must make it a priority. The people of the world need to understand that there are still some people who believe in nature. We must never forget that. If you are a conservationist, this film will inspire you. If you are a person who values animals, this film will push you to the limit. You will learn so much, and you will never be the same again.

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I was fortunate enough to be present for the screening of "Wild Turkey: Wild Turkey: The Movie" last week at the Salt Lake City International Film Festival. The film was shot in the Scottish Highlands with some Scottish locations. The plot is set in modern day (1997) and the story is based on the autobiography of the late Jerry Rubin. This was a great film and a must see for anyone who is a fan of the Wild Turkey brand. I can't wait to see it again!

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Carol Ortega

In the 1950s and 1960s, the South was plagued by anti-segregation laws that were intended to keep whites out of the state's public schools. What this documentary fails to show is that white privilege in the South was that they were able to escape the pressures that most black people were facing at the time. This documentary focuses on the impact that the anti-segregation laws had on the children of the South. These children were raised in schools with segregated housing, and they had no access to the social and political structures that most other black families had. This documentary does not tell the story of the children who were caught up in the laws, nor does it tell the stories of the white parents who had to be put into segregated schools. This documentary is an important documentary that tells the story of the impact the laws had on the children of the South, and it should be shown to all schools and to all people.