The Summer of Sangaile
Title: The Summer of Sangaile
Original title: Sangailes vasara
Release year: 2015
Genres: Drama, Romance
Director: Alante Kavaite
Stars: Julija Steponaityte, Aiste Dirziute, Jurate Sodyte
Rating: 4/5

17 years old Sangaile is fascinated by stunt planes. She meets a girl her age at a summer aeronautical show. Sangaile allows Auste to discover her most intimate secret and in the process finds the only person that truly encourages her to fly.

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Embracing Freedom: A Review of "The Summer of Sangaile"

2024-04-27

“The Summer of Sangaile,” directed by Alante Kavaite, takes viewers on a poignant journey through the intertwined lives of two young women against the backdrop of a summer filled with daring aerobatics and burgeoning romance. Set against the picturesque landscapes of Lithuania, France, and the Netherlands, this film delicately explores themes of self-discovery, acceptance, and the transformative power of genuine connection.

At the heart of the narrative is Sangaile, portrayed with raw vulnerability by Julija Steponaityte, a 17-year-old girl grappling with her passion for stunt planes and the weight of her own insecurities. When she crosses paths with Auste, played by Aiste Dirziute, at an aeronautical show, their chance encounter sets off a chain of events that challenges Sangaile to confront her fears and embrace her true desires.

What sets “The Summer of Sangaile” apart is its authenticity in portraying the complexities of teenage emotions and the importance of finding solace in others. Through Sangaile and Auste’s evolving relationship, the film beautifully captures the delicate dance of intimacy and vulnerability, showing how true connection can ignite the courage to pursue one’s dreams.

The cinematography, characterized by sweeping aerial shots and dreamlike sequences, mirrors Sangaile’s yearning for freedom and escape, while also emphasizing the vast possibilities that lie beyond her self-imposed limitations. Additionally, the performances by Steponaityte and Dirziute infuse the film with a palpable sense of sincerity, drawing viewers into the emotional core of their characters’ journey.

Overall, “The Summer of Sangaile” is a tender exploration of adolescence, identity, and the transformative power of love. It’s a film that resonates long after the credits roll, reminding us of the importance of embracing our true selves and the beauty of finding acceptance in unexpected places.

Rating: 4/5

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Aiste Dirziute,Anupras Jucius,Egle Grigaliunaite,Gaile Butvilaite,Gintaras Tubelis,Ignas Guzauskas,Ina Rosenaite,Inga Salkauskaite,Judita Stundzyte,Julija Steponaityte,Jurate Sodyte,Kamile Petruskeviciute,Kestutis Cicenas,Laurynas Jurgelis,Martynas Budraitis,Nele Savicenko,Romualdas Gudas,Severina Spakovska