Country: SWITZERLAND, FRANCE
Run Time: 80 minutes
Arash only has two weeks left in France before he’s due to move back to Iran. Although he has last-minute loose ends to tie up (and a law exam for which he should be studying), his fellow Iranian ex-pat friends Hossein and Ashkan convince him to join them on vacation instead. What ensues in this lightly fictionalized documentary is a road trip whose carefree veneer and beer-swilling bacchanalia give way to serious ruminations about religion, romantic connection, and cultural identity. The affable trio do their fair share of good-natured goofing around—especially after meeting two French women, musicians Michèle and Charlotte, who briefly join their revelry. But they keep returning to the real-life responsibilities weighing on their minds, including Iran’s compulsory military service and what it means to find a place to put down roots. With its knack for deft dialogue and abundance of vulnerable moments, BEFORE SUMMER ENDS strikes the perfect balance of melancholy and levity. (In Farsi and French with subtitles) —A.Z.
Tower City Cinemas
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 11:35 AM
Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 4:10 PM
Arash, Hossein, Ashkan, Charlotte, Michèle
Maryam Goormaghtigh was born in 1982 in Geneva, Switzerland. She studied filmmaking at the INSAS film school in Brussels. BEFORE SUMMER ENDS won the Emerging Swiss Talent Award at the Zurich Film Festival as well as a Grierson Award at the London Film Festival.
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