Thursday, June 25, 2009

Summer (2008)

Heartwarming and real

Summer is the story of a man of intelligence and promise struggling to reclaim his life. Shaun has had twelve years to reflect on an intense summer of love, sex and loyalty, but his best friend’s imminent death forces him on a journey to confront his past. Starring Robert Carlyle (Trainspotting, Carla’s Song, The Full Monty) as Shaun, Steve Evets as Daz, and Rachael Blake (Lantana, Derailed) as Katy, the film also introduces a cast of exciting and fresh young talent to play the lead roles as the narrative moves through three separate eras in the characters’ lives

Robert Carlyle (28 WEEKS LATER, FLOOD) stars as Shaun, a down-on-his-luck petrol station worker in SUMMER, the compelling drama by Scottish realist director Kenneth Clenaan. Shaun also acts as unofficial carer to his wheelchair-bound friend Daz (Steve Evets, LIFE ON MARS), with the pair sharing a Derbyshire council house with Daz's teenage son. Shaun's mundane life leaves plenty of room for nostalgic reflection, with one heady youthful summer playing heavily on his mind. The film moves between three separate time frames; the grim present, that same coming-of-age summer spent with childhood love Katy and a then able-bodied Daz, and the mysterious events surrounding Daz's disability. When devastating news in the present threatens to change Shaun's life forever, he is forced to confront his past, track down Katy (Rachael Blake, CLAPHAM JUNCTION), and reclaim his future.


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