My Extraordinary Summer With Tess

Director(s): Steven Wouterlood
Country: Netherlands
Language: Dutch w/ English subtitles
| 2019 | 82 min
Genre: Romance
Recommended for ages 10+ (Parental Guidance: 10+)
Themes: coming of age

For Sam, a  week of vacation at the beach with the whole family is a week full of ruminating on life, death, and …Tess! He’s haunted by the notion that his family will all die someday, most likely before he does, seeing as he’s the youngest. So Sam resolves to prepare with “aloneness training”. On the first day of training he meets the elusive Tess who is carrying a big secret. Sam is drawn into her adventure which makes him realize that one should cherish the time they have with family rather than plan for a time when they are gone. Acting on this new knowledge he makes a drastic decision that puts his friendship with Tess at risk and might change Tess’ life forever.  

Netherlands  / 2019 / In Dutch with English subtitles / 82 min / Ages 10+ (profanity, sexual references by a teen) 


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Zlin Film Festival (Czech Republic) 2019- Winner Golden Slipper (Best Feature Film for Children)
New York International Children’s Film Festival 2019 - Winner Grand Prize Best Feature
Chicago International Children’s Film Festival 2019 - Winner Professional Jury Best Live Action Feature
Minsk International Film Festival (Belarus) 2019 - Winner Best Film for Children
Kristiansand International Children’s Film Festival (Norway) 2019 - Winner Children’s Jury Award
Lucas International Festival of Films for Children and Young People (Germany) 2019 - Winner ECFA Award

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