Summer in the Forest

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This gentle documentary, directed by Randall Wright, provides a loving portrait of Canadian Jean Vanier and of L'Arche (the Ark), the network of communities he founded for the developmentally disabled and those who care for them. Through the stories of five residents, the film shows what a blessing L'Arche, with its commitment to the dignity of every human person, has been in the lives of many. Though moving and inspirational, the film is not without its shortcomings. Most significantly Wright all but ignores Vanier's status as an internationally known Catholic philosopher and prolific spiritual author whose work with L'Arche springs directly from his deep faith.

Watch out for: One crude term.

Rated: A-II, adults and adolescents; MPAA: not rated

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