Zomer

Zomer
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Fa tristezza conoscere che anche nei civilissimi Paesi del nord Europa, in questi caso l’Olanda, persistano aree ancora piene di pregiudizi ed omofobia. Dove gli uomini sono bestie predatori, accaniti bevitori che trascurano le mogli e usano la violenza per ottenere quello che vogliono. Non stupisce che Anne (Sigrid ten Nepal), una giovane e solitaria adolescente, rifugga questo genere di persone e quando un ragazzo, sulla riva del lago, tenta di baciarla per la prima volta, lei fugga via gettandosi a nuotare nel lago e pensando che “improvvisamente mi ritrovai immersa in una solitudine che non pensavo potesse esistere”. Anne vive in un villaggio olandese ancora patriarcale, dove sembra che il tempo si sia fermato, con un padre bonario ma incapace, una madre perennemente lunatica ed un fratello che ha recentemente spostato la sua camera da letto sul cortile. Non stupisce che Anne si senta come isolata da questo mondo che non può comprenderla. Gli amici la chiamano “la silenziosa”. Come potrebbe parlare del suo sentirsi lesbica in una società pervasa dall’eterosessualità? Ma un giorno di quell’estate così simile a tante altre, succede qualcosa che cambierà per sempre la sua vita. Arriva in paese una ragazza vestita di pelle, Lena (Jade Olieberg), che attira subito la sua attenzione. Tra le due nasce e si sviluppa un’amicizia particolare, che si trasforma presto in amore. Anne non si sente più sola e vuole gridarlo al mondo. Ma la reazione dei parenti e degli amici non sarà quella che avrebbe desiderato… Delicato e poetico film sul coming out e sul primo amore, con bellissimo paesaggi, bravissime interpreti e una colonna sonora accattivante. Merito del film averci offerto una storia che è anche corale e sociale, pur mantenendo al centro il dramma delle due ragazze, con il personaggio di Anne che ci tocca profondamente e che sarà difficile da dimenticare. Film che non è al livello artistico del recente “The Summer of Sangaile” ma che si inserisce bene nel filone di adolescenti che devono combattere per potersi realizzare.

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Set over the course of one sweltering summer, this charming drama focuses on Anna, a quiet teen who yearns to escape the confines of her small town, defined by its ever-looming power plant. With the arrival of the alluring leather-clad Lena, Anna finally gets the boost she needs. With authentic performances and cinematography that captures the languor and heat of summertime, this story of sexual awakening examines a girl dating to be different. (Imdb)

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… The film set in a dead village in Holland. The inhabitants live under the shadow of the power plant, which seems to dominate every day life, and stands for a symbol for all that is wrong and boring and unchanging in a young teenagers life. It’s a deeply patriarchal society where girls don’t really have a voice – Anne is known among her friends as “the silent one”. One scene of utter misogyny I won’t describe is framed quite purposefully with this masculine symbol in the background. Anne (Sigrid ten Nepal) notices how society is seemingly pre-structured for her when she sits by the lake watching her straight friends making out. She is soon joined by a boy seemingly taking her for granted….
“And suddenly there was a loneliness I never knew existed”, she recalls once he tries to kiss her and she runs off to swim by herself in the lake. Voiceover used incorrectly or too on-the-nose can leaden a coming-of-age film by signposting every turn ahead, and the keen sense of alienation here does get weighed down at times by a few too many obvious internal monologues, such as when she describes feeling suffocated as she comes to grips with her lesbian desire in a strictly heterosexual society. The action is effective, yet the voiceover repeatedly tells us more than we already need to know.
One day everything seems to change, as is wont to do during that summer. She meets Lena (Jade Olieberg) – a cool black biker chick who’s from out of town – and the dramatic crux of the film deals with these new and unexpected emotions, and the homophobic (and possibly racist) resistance of her parents and friends. When you’re young and you are overwhelmed by complicated feelings like this for the first time, you have, as Joan Didion once wrote, “the conviction that nothing like this, all evidence to the contrary withstanding, has ever happened to anyone before.” Naturally, its happened millions of times in the world (as it happened to me that summer, but she wasn’t interested – joking I usually get rejected in the winter) and the trick to making this successful is to make it seem new, filtering the narrative through the unexperienced eyes of Anna, and on these terms the movie is largely successful, hanging on the effortlessly natural performance from ten Nepal. If she came across as too emotional or twee the film would fail, but here she strikes almost the perfect balance you’d expect in a naive and emotionally confused young girl living in a horrible and homophobic society.
I’m going to come clean. I don’t think I really ever had that summer, like I’ve had a lot of fun over the years, but not one that particularly stands out above the others. Maybe that time I went to Cornwall, but that was seriously fucking boring. So as long as there are films like this, I will continue watching them for vestiges of what sort of happened in my own life. Its not totally effective – the darker moments feel more than a little contrived, including a seemingly tacked-on ending that doesn’t really work. The bigger unexpected picture that suddenly attempts to emerge at the end of a small town seemingly hellbent on its own destruction is quite ridiculous, and the film strains under its own overreaching ambition when it was better dealing with the smaller details. Nevertheless, it has a sweetness at the core, mostly down to the relationship between the two girls that makes it worth watching. Zomer, although not a classic in the “summer” genre, like the recent The Summer of Sangaile, or Stand By Me, remains an affecting if rather slight continuation in the canon. VOTO: 6,9/10 (redmondbacon.co.uk)

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