The Summer Of Flying Fish (2013)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

Original title:  El Verano de los Peces Voladores

Chile/France2013.  , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , .  Screenplay by , Marcela Said.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Film Editing by

A solid debut from director Marcela Said that is dampened only by the highly familiar nature of the narrative.  Manena is a teenager whose well-to-do family own a summer home where she spends her vacations in the wilds of Chile’s gorgeous southern landscape.  As she comes of age and her friendship with a local (poor) boy ripens, her family deals with the land claims of the local indigenous population and her father is particularly obsessed with removing carp from the lake on his property that he feels is an infestation.  The irony, of course, is that these self-righteous people with their sense of entitlement are the ones infesting the land.  Everything is subtly played and nothing is overstated in this gorgeously photographed drama, but that’s partly what makes it so unremarkable.  Said has gone to the school of Lucrezia Martel and a dozen other members of South American social realism and graduated with top honours, her voice her own but her message, although still unresolved in the political climate, nonetheless an old one.

Toronto International Film Festival:  2013


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