The Last Summer - Joost Wynant - Belgium
The Last Summer (De laatste zomer, 2007)
Cast: Laura Verlinden, Bram Vanoutryve, Gilles Deschrijver, Robrecht
What do we remember best about our school friends? What would we give to enjoy one last summer with them? Eurochannel takes you to experience again the spine tingling joviality of youth alongside four kids who are bound to separate and go their own ways into adulthood.
The Last Summer is a Flemish spoken film inviting you not only to remember those tantalising last days of adolescence but also a an account of youth behaviour in Belgium and Europe. The film is a striking composition of days that are ruled by carnal desires, electrifying adventures and the trepidation of first love.
Based on a namesake short film project for a school graduation, awarded with a sixty thousand euro budget director Joost Wynant and the film's producers manage to deliver a movie that thrives through superb acting and authentic experiences, taken from the director's own adolescent memories.
Four seventeen-year-old boys lose their innocence during what is to be their last summer together. One of the boys, Rik is fascinated by the enigmatic Sandrine, a blossoming beauty who has just moved into their small village. When the boys hide her from her violent father they become caught up in a web of intrigue that puts their friendship to the test.
• As a teenager, Joost Wynant starred in several TV series and features such as Rosie (Patrice Toye, 1997) and The Cutting (Peter Misotten, 1998).