This Summer Feeling

In this sophomore feature from French writer-director Mikhaël Hers, a Norwegian man (Anders Danielsen Lie) spends years mourning the sudden death of his French girlfriend (Stéphanie Déhel). Divided into three chapters, each set in a different time period and city—Berlin, Paris, and finally Brooklyn—the narrative seems purposefully mundane, to capture the tedium of grief; many scenes of drawn-out silence ache with the worst kind of longing. Whether the protagonist is bonding with his girlfriend’s family (particularly her sister, played by Judith Chemla) or reconnecting with an old friend in New York (indie director Josh Safdie), the pauses speak louder than the uncomfortable dialogue. In French and German with subtitles.