“The energy on display and the goodness therein should be enough to melt the coldest of hearts. It’s a brazen second film from an exciting filmmaker, capitalizing off of a truly collaborative effort to create something that feels singular.”

 

“It’s a bold move to follow up a festival favorite indie film from a couple of years back with a Los Angeles-set series of vignettes punctuated by poetry. Such is the case with director Carlos López Estrada’s sophomore effort Summertime. The young filmmaker turned heads with the provocative Blindspotting at Sundance 2018. He aims at something similar here, though with a decidedly different spin.

Set in Los Angeles, the film takes place over one long summer day as twenty-five separate young people quite literally wax poetic about their hopes, dreams, fears, and passions. A bit cringe-inducing at the start, all involved find their stride quickly enough. In one particular scene–a poetry battle set in a couple’s therapy session–Summertime gets lighter and a bit more engaging.”

 

Read the full review by Dan Mecca here.