Summer Times: A Distant Neighborhood / Quartier lointain

strelka courtyard

Belgium/ Luxembourg/ France/ Germany, 2010

Director Sam Garbarski
98 min
Language: french / russian subtitles

Based on the classic manga by Jiro Taniguchi
Original music score by AIR

Thomas is in his 50s, married, a family man, worn down by the tedium of his life. Returning from a business trip, he takes the wrong train and ends up unexpectedly in the town where he grew up, and to which he has not returned for years. He visits his mother’s grave and is overwhelmed by memories of her, and of his father who disappeared without trace, on the eve of his birthday, 40 years ago. Overcome by dizziness, Thomas collapses, unconscious. Coming to, he sees that his mother’s name is no longer inscribed on the gravestone. Is he dreaming, or has he travelled back in time? A child once more, he has no choice but to return home, to his mother, his kid sister, his dog. At school, he is reunited with his old friends, his teachers, the girl with whom he was secretly in love. But right away, something vital is different — his father has not abandoned them. At least not yet. Perhaps the purpose of our hero’s incredible journey is to prevent his father’s disappearance. But can we ever alter the past, even by returning to it?