The Summer of Sangaile
Directed by Alanté Kavaïté and Alantė Kavaitė
Starring Julija Steponaitytė, Aistė Diržiūtė, Jurate Sodyte, Martynas Budraitis and Laurynas Jurgelis
Seventeen-year-old Sangaile is fascinated by stunt planes. She meets a girl her age at the summer aeronautical show, nearby her parents' lakeside villa. Sangaile allows Auste to discover her most intimate secret and in the process finds in her teenage love, the only person that truly encourages her to fly.
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★★★★ review by Xavier on Letterboxd
Sangaile is the second warmest color.
★★★½ review by Still Here🏳️🌈 on Letterboxd
Only woman can make a film like this. I'm not sure if I've ever seen such a film which explores young woman's sexuality in such tender and brave matter. Even though the director said that the film isn't about sexuality, it is undeniable to totally deny that it doesn't touch the topic. After all the beautiful imagery highlights how natural and beautiful woman's sexuality (taboo in cinema one might say) is. Most of all it tries to reach the "feeling" of growing-up, being young, trying to head for the sky (literally). And apparently Lithuania is full of plane schools and the people are really crazy about planes so what we see here isn't only beautifully universal but also shows something about a country that at least I'm very uneducated about. At points it feels a bit amateurish - I wasn't sure at all about the use of music in the first half of the film. It took so much space, silence probably would have been more effective. It's understandable that the director tries to reach for some kind of excitement through music but it could have been handled better. But it's a minor issue in the end. It most certainly emphasizes on visual storytelling (one of the flashiest example of this is how the rooms of girls reflect their past and their mentality).
★★★★ review by mo on Letterboxd
auditory beauty accompanied by stunning visuals and a tender, heartfelt plot. i absolutely adored it. one of the best growth/coming-of-age stories i've watched in a long time.
also i want austė's everything. her room, her clothes, her hair, et cetera
★★★½ review by Asim Pollard on Letterboxd
Crawling in my skin
These wounds, they will not heal
Fear is how I fall
Confusing what is real
★★★½ review by luiza on Letterboxd
remarkable. it kinda felt like a dream?
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