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A bourgeois Chilean family spend summer at their lakeside estate in this atmospheric drama, which is playing in the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes. The narrative feature debut of former documentary director Marcela Said, The Summer of Flying Fish is full of arresting images of Chilean nature – ghostly morning mist, lapping waves, armies of moths, steam-shrouded hot springs. The story is shot through with class and racial friction, but falls short of the angry social polemic or politically charged horror movie hinted at in its pressure-cooker mood and creepy backwoods setting. Further festival bookings seem likely, but the localized context and opaque narrative will be a tough sell to overseas audiences.

A bourgeois Chilean family spend summer at their lakeside estate in this atmospheric drama, which is playing in the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes. The narrative feature debut of former documentary director Marcela Said, The Summer of Flying Fish is full of arresting images of Chilean nature – ghostly morning mist, lapping waves, armies of moths, steam-shrouded hot springs. The story is shot through with class and racial friction, but falls short of the angry social polemic or politically charged horror movie hinted at in its pressure-cooker mood and creepy backwoods setting. Further festival bookings seem likely, but the localized context and opaque narrative will be a tough sell to overseas audiences.

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The Summer of Flying Fish
2013 film by Marcela Said
  • Summer of Flying Fish

El verano de los peces voladores (The Summer of Flying Fish)

After building up a powerful sense of creeping dread and imminent disaster, The Summer of Flying Fish never quite galvanizes itself into a concrete narrative. Instead it settles into a series of impressionistic tableaux, leaving viewers to infer rather too much from thinly sketched characters and obscure motivations. This is disappointing as Said and her cinematographer Inti Briones clearly share a strong visual eye and a subtle mastery of unsettling mood. But their sophisticated aesthetic deserves to deliver a smarter pay-off message than just another sour insider’s portrait of the indiscreet, charmless bourgeoisie.

After building up a powerful sense of creeping dread and imminent disaster, The Summer of Flying Fish never quite galvanizes itself into a concrete narrative. Instead it settles into a series of impressionistic tableaux, leaving viewers to infer rather too much from thinly sketched characters and obscure motivations. This is disappointing as Said and her cinematographer Inti Briones clearly share a strong visual eye and a subtle mastery of unsettling mood. But their sophisticated aesthetic deserves to deliver a smarter pay-off message than just another sour insider’s portrait of the indiscreet, charmless bourgeoisie.