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My Extraordinary Summer with Tess (2019)My Extraordinary Summer with Tess (2019)

My Extraordinary Summer with Tess (2019)

Drama, Family

7.2

movie

Germany, Netherlands

Dutch, German, Spanish

Easy, Feel-Good, Funny

2019

Steven Wouterlood

Guido Pollemans, Jennifer Hoffman, Johannes Kienast

82 min

Synopsis

As the youngest of the family, Sam is haunted by the notion that someday he could become the last remaining survivor, all alone. On a family vacation at the beach, he meets the unconventional Tess, who carries her own secrets around with her and shows him how the present moment can win out over memories and anxiety about what’s yet to come.

Our Take

7.2
Staff

This Dutch movie is a wonderful family story about a young boy who meets a peculiar girl while on vacation. He helps her find out more about her father who she has never met.

In its essence, this story is an uplifting coming-of-age story, not only because it was based on a young adult novel by Dutch writer Anna Woltz, but also because of a Moonrise-Kingdom-like staging. But like all great movies of its kind, it carries an emotional twist that packs enough depth even for not the not so young adult. 

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