“In The Summers” is an almost bittersweet look at the relationship between a father and his daughters, as you question if his imperfections may sour their relationship to the point of abandonment.
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“In The Summers” focuses on Vicente, Violeta, and Eva as Violeta and Eva visit their father, Vicente, during the summer. The film is broken into multiple parts, representing the kids at different life stages, and Vicente, too, in some ways, until they become adults, and we see the effects of his decisions on their relationship.
- Dialog: Discriminatory Language, Cursing
- Violence: Nothing Notable
- Sexual Content: Sexual Situations (Implied)
- Miscellaneous: Depiction of Corpses (Dead Animal), Drinking, Drug Use (Marijuana), Vomiting, Smoking
Things To Note
For this, we’re assuming Violeta is just queer and not trans when referring to them with feminine pronouns, mainly since it isn’t noted that Violeta identifies as anything but queer.
Alessandra Lacorazza Samudio
Alessandra Lacorazza Samudio
Based On Work By
January 26, 2024
How To Watch
Film Festival – Sundance
1 Hour 38 Minutes
Noted Characters and Cast
René Pérez Joglar
Kimaya Thais Limon
Dreya Renae Castillo
Please Note: This character guide is not an exhaustive list of every cast member, and character descriptions may contain what can be considered spoilers.
Vicente (René Pérez Joglar)
By inheriting his mother’s house, Vicente isn’t doing badly for himself. However, it becomes clear that, while his housing situation is stable, other aspects of his life, relationships especially, aren’t.
Violeta (Lio Mehiel, Kimaya Thais Limon, Dreya Renae Castillo)
Undeniably, her father’s favorite, Violeta, was always a bit of a tomboy and mirrored her father’s intellect, but it was also how easy she took to him showing her things that made them bond so well.
- Lio Mehiel is also known for their role in “Mutt.”
Eva (Sasha Calle, Allison Salinas, Luciana Quinonez)
Eva, the middle child of Vicente’s, is an artist, who has partly lived in her sister’s shadow for most of her life, and that is even with her making an effort to appease and impress her dad.
Carmen (Emma Ramos)
Carmen is Vicente’s childhood best friend, who owns a bar he frequents until his drinking problem gets to the point he begins to get offensive.
Notable Performances or Moments
When Presence Can Feel Like Forgiveness
At the end of the movie, we see the effects of Vicente’s treatment of his kids. Did Vicente teach Violeta to make eggs, tell Eva she is beautiful, and craft other good moments with his kids? Yes. However, he also made Eva feel less than compared to her sister, stupid even, and with Violeta? He scared her, put her in danger, and through how he talked about his childhood friend Carmen, showed that she couldn’t be completely honest with him about who she is.
Yet, one thing we’re reminded is that, for many parents, yes, they know they didn’t make the best decisions, but your kids showing up can feel like forgiveness. It can push the idea that, maybe you did something wrong, but you were forgiven, and how much time they spend around you dictates how far the forgiveness goes.
A prime example is Eva. Even when Violeta decides to take a break from Vicente, Eva shows up, tries to show similar interest to her dad by displaying that she has gotten better at pool, and she is still paid dust. Vicente even, in a drunken moment, lays on her lap, but rather than this be a weird but potentially sweet moment, he utters her sister’s name. Perhaps creating the idea that, while he may note her beauty, and she is still showing up, she may never be enough.
Yet, as an older man, there is still hope that his elder daughters would want to stay over, have breakfast with him, and the way everything is crafted, while you can see Vicente was imperfect, you hope that maybe the girls will allow their father to be a flawed human who, may not have been the best, but still tries and for that, a small token is a just reward.
On The Fence
The Limited Scope Of Vicente
When it comes to Vicente, one thing that may feel notable about him is that we don’t fully understand who he is. Yes, it is noted he has long been good at math, and he may have a drinking problem. But, beyond that, he is a mystery.
For example, what does he do for a living is never discussed. We’re told he is looking for work once, but beyond that? Nothing. Also, what happened between him and the mother of his first two children isn’t made clear.
Now, in some ways, this allows you to focus strictly on who he is as a dad, and potentially only get to know him to the furthest extent that his daughters do. Thus, you can’t really judge him for like his kids, you don’t really know him.
Yet, it’s difficult not to want some nuance, some depth, a better understanding of who Vicente is, especially since his daughters don’t push to know him beyond that he is their papi.
Good If You Like
- Movies about father/daughter relationships
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- Exhibiting Forgiveness: It also focuses on a parent/child relationship, but father and son in this case.
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In The Summers – Movie Review
Our Rating: Positive (Worth Seeing)
What we appreciate about “In The Summers” is that, in many ways, it is straightforward. Similar to a play, it is very tight in its portrayal of the characters and their evolving relationships, and while you might be left with questions about who Vicente is beyond being a father, considering how many films and shows would use that and make the kids secondary, you can come to appreciate the only point of view you get is what is in his daughters’ purview.
The Limited Scope Of Vicente - 78%
When Presence Can Feel Like Forgiveness - 89%
- When Presence Can Feel Like Forgiveness
- The Limited Scope Of Vicente