The film is directly based on the director, Carla Simon's, own childhood. Following the death of her parents, 6 years old Frida moves from Barcelona to the Catalan countryside to live with her aunt and uncle, her new legal guardians. She now has a new little sister whom she has to take care of, and has to deal with new feelings, such as jealousy. Often, Frida is naively convinced that running away would be the best solution to her problems. Slowly, Frida realizes that she is there to stay. Before the summer is over, she has to cope with her emotions and her new parents have to learn to love her as their own daughter.
Laia Artigas, Paula Robles, Bruna Cusí, David Verdaguer, Fermí Reixach, Montse Sanz, Isabel Rocatti, Berta Pipó, Etna Campillo, Paula Blanco, Quimet Pla, Dolores Fortis, Tere Solà, Josep Torrent, Cristina Matas, Noemí Piñana, Ricard Catalina, Jordi Figueras, Arnau Ferrer, Titón Frauca
The story of a child, Frida, who has lost her mother and taken to her aunt and uncle’s home to live with them and their child who is younger than Frida. A delightful account of how Frida comes to terms with her grief, which is not easy for the family as a whole. The film is full of gentle humour and charm. Beautifully acted and filmed.
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful.
Truthful and life-affirming
- Summer 1993 review by TE
This is a superb portrayal of the anger and confusion that accompanies bereavement, in this case the central character is a young child (a wonderful performance).
Every stage of the grieving and adjustment process is credibly presented, and the film rings true from beginning to end, reflecting the personal history of the director.
The ending is suitably cathartic and emotionally powerful. Simply a great piece of film-making.
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.
Brilliant insight into a child's mind
- Summer 1993 review by CB
This is a shining example of how a S L O W film which is not action-packed can evoke feelings and grip the viewer. It also shows how hard it is for parents (or guardians/foster parents) to see beyond behaviour and look behind what the child is doing to find what the child is feeling. Oten the child will not be conscious of what is going on for them, but will skip the intellectual enquiry and go straight to the behaviour. Or they know what is wrong but do not dare to express themselves in words; and if the adult is not able to facilitate the talking communication in both directions , the child will produce the uncomfortable behaviour in an attempt to get help. A very moving observation of human behaviour which taught me a lot. Loved it!