In Review: Summertime

Coasting on a bliss of mold-breaking and alive with the pulse of summer heat, Carlos López Estrada’s Summertime captures an infectious optimism in the neighborhoods of Los Angeles with the help of almost 30 spoken word poets. Hopping between vignettes threaded into one panoramic day, the film is a breezy and joyous look at the woes of the city, taking on subjects from gentrification to queerness, from romantic heartbreaks to the struggle to find a good burger. The concerns of contemporary L.A. cannot be contained by conventionality or a white status quo, and Summertime very much delights in its own identity of atypical, lyrical form giving voice to the underrepresented. There isn’t another film like it, certainly not so refreshingly self-assured, as this so far this summer.

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