Summer in the Forest

Summer in the Forest

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Like countless others Philippe, Michel, Andre and Patrick were labeled 'idiots', locked away and forgotten in violent asylums, until the 1960s, when the young philosopher Jean Vanier took a stand and secured their release - the first time in history that anyone had beaten the system. Together they created L'Arche, a commune at the edge of a beautiful forest near Paris. A quiet revolution was born.

Jean Vanier, whose peaceful passing was honoured internationally in 2019, discovered something that most of us have forgotten: what it is to be human, to be foolish, and to be happy.

SUMMER IN THE FOREST invites us to abandon the rat race and forge new friendships. Amid the ancient trees, Philippe, Patrick, Jean and the others welcome us into their lives. If there are rules to break, they will be broken and if there is a truth to be told, they will tell it. Michel reveals his war torn past, Andre is desperate for a date, and young David will prove himself a hero in the fight against the forces of evil.

Release Date

16th Oct 2019 (Home Entertainment)

29th Apr 2019 (Theatrical)

PG - Mild these and infrequent coarse language
107 minutes
Production Year

Randall Wright


Jean Vanier (himself)


Gary Sykes

Richard Wilson

Randall Wright