The film “Last Summer” plays out like an extended montage advertising arresting scenes of southern Turkey and the clear Mediterranean waters. Like a migratory fish, juvenile Deniz (Fatih Sahin) is lucky enough to spend summers on the beach at this celestial beach, discoing and bronzing in the seaside town where his family has a hut. This blurry coming-of-age film (on Netflix) is set during the summer of 1997, as Deniz tags along with his cool older sister, Ebru (Aslihan Malbora), while his teasing bestie, for real (Asse Sesmioglu). Puppy loves. .
Director Ozan Eccitan’s interest in finding out how Deniz’s crush on a real bubbly girl reflects his yearning for what he sees as the confidence and thrill of adulthood. When he goes to a high cliff with Asli and his friends, Deniz pretends by jumping into the sea. Although he survives the drowning, the wound he has on his leg is a sign that while it is exhilarating growing up, it is not without pain.
The film’s focus on Deniz’s growing pains is useful as Real, a lovable but hazy character, meets a charming older man, and Deniz’s shy longing takes a jealous turn. Stress builds up on sunny days and sweaty nights. But after reaching its climax, the film could not complete. Asli’s feelings suddenly change, and Deniz has to face no consequences for his mistakes. For the beauty of its dazzling vacation setting, “Last Summer” shores up, but not toward any satisfying destination.
the last summer
not evaluated. In Turkish with subtitles. Running time: 1 hour 41 minutes. Watch on Netflix.