It’s the 90’s.
Ren, Polo, Buck and Sun are a group of close childhood friends, who play together as a band. However, everyone except Ren is leaving the village for college, which means this is their last summer together.
As they spend those last days of vacation writing their final song and hanging out in the countryside, Ren faces the difficulties of having to let go of his lifelong relationships.
The themes of Last Summer reflect common experiences of our childhoods: friendships and partings that come during the transition into adulthood. We explore those feelings through Ren, a teen who experiences fear and loneliness, facing the end of an important stage in his life.
The summer setting is the time of holidays, freedom and friendships, especially for young people.
The village provides intimacy, a closed space for the relationships to develop, a familiar space for our characters.
We use background art and light to convey the relationship between the four friends and to reflect Ren’s feelings; from the vibrant beginning, to the calm and melancholic end, when he’s at his loneliest.
Music also plays an essential role in our film; the friend group is also an amateur band. The music is present when our characters feel happy, fades into silence when they begin to part ways, only to come back again at the end, when Ren finally completes the song and accepts to move on.