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SUMMERTIME BLUES

by Marie Reich

synopsis

It's while Alex's mother is doing the ironing that she tells him she's moving away from Bremen to live in Kent with her new partner Seth. And it's an announcement which marks the start of a long, painful summer for Alex. He has no choice but to go to Kent with his mother and Seth, away from his friends, his home, and his A level studies. He just knows he is going to hate it all, the isolation and the quiet of the countryside, the cold, primitive cottage, and most of all, Seth. His one thought is to get away, back to civilization in Bremen. But then he meets Louie, who looks after abandoned and ill-treated animals, and Faye, Seth's daughter, and suddenly the summer is full of new experiences and challenges which will change Alex's life forever.

original title: Summertime Blues
country: Germany
year: 2009
genre: fiction
directed by: Marie Reich
film run: 116'
release date: DE 20/08/2009
screenplay: Friederike Köpf, Uschi Reich, Robin Getrost
cast: François Goeske, Sarah Beck, Zoe Moore, Karoline Eichhorn, Alexander Beyer, Christian Nickel, Maja Schöne, Jonathan Beck
cinematography by: Egon Werdin
film editing: Barbara von Weitershausen
art director: Heike Lauer
costumes designer: Astrid Karras
producer: Uschi Reich, Bernd Krause, Peter Zenk, Martin Blankemeyer, Tobias Alexander Seiffert, Tania Reichert-Facilides, Benjamina Mirnik
production: Bavaria Film, Bremedia Produktion, Constantin Film AG, Solaris Film
backing: German Federal Film Board (FFA), FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Nordmedia
distributor: Universum Film GmbH
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