You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

A Passing Summer’s Rain

Though it never lives up to its impressive opening, "A Passing Summer's Rain" reps a worthwhile third feature by distaff director Tomris Giritlioglu that's of more than passing interest. Literary vignette of a middle-aged novelist's fascination with a beautiful young woman and her troubled past could attract specialized interest offshore.

Though it never lives up to its impressive opening, “A Passing Summer’s Rain” reps a worthwhile third feature by distaff director Tomris Giritlioglu that’s of more than passing interest. Literary vignette of a middle-aged novelist’s fascination with a beautiful young woman and her troubled past could attract specialized interest offshore.

Set in the picturesque, old-style Istanbul ‘burb of Kucuksu at the end of World War II, movie opens with the writer (Ahmet Levendoglu) visited during a summer downpour by a mysterious looker in a red dress (Pitircik Akkerman) who openly flirts with him. Next day, he takes her out, and a strange romance develops, punctuated by the woman’s nightmares of an episode in her youth in which her aunt committed suicide in the family’s burning house.

Revelation that the house is the one in which the writer now lives, plus an ending that suggests the whole thing may have been his fantasy based on a novel he’s penning, is a tad short-storyish. Latter reels are heavy on dream sequences and symbolism for such a flimsy conceit.

Still, playing by the two principals is well balanced, and Giritlioglu turns in a handsome period package, neatly decorated by Debussy’s “Clair de Lune” on the soundtrack.

A Passing Summer's Rain

(TURKISH)

Production: A TRT production. (International sales: TRT, Ankara.) Produced by Nilgun Sagyasar. Directed by Tomris Giritlioglu. Screenplay, Umit Unal, Giritlioglu, from the story by Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar. Camera (color), Yavuz Turkeri; editor, Halit Odek; music, Munir Nurettin Beken; art direction, Esat Tekand; costume design, Deniz Ozen. Reviewed at Istanbul Intl. Film Festival, April 12, 1994. Running time: 98 MIN.

With: With: Ahmet Levendoglu, Pitircik Akkerman, Selcuk Yontem, Meral Cetinkaya, Muge Akyamac, Mehmet Guleryuz.

More Film

  • Brigsby Bear and Kyle Mooney'Brigsby Bear'

    L.A. Film Festival Moving to September From June, Partnering With Arclight

    Though it never lives up to its impressive opening, “A Passing Summer’s Rain” reps a worthwhile third feature by distaff director Tomris Giritlioglu that’s of more than passing interest. Literary vignette of a middle-aged novelist’s fascination with a beautiful young woman and her troubled past could attract specialized interest offshore. Set in the picturesque, old-style […]

  • Oscars: Netflix, Errol Morris Defy Convention

    Oscars: Netflix and Errol Morris Defy Convention With Hybrid Doc 'Wormwood'

    Though it never lives up to its impressive opening, “A Passing Summer’s Rain” reps a worthwhile third feature by distaff director Tomris Giritlioglu that’s of more than passing interest. Literary vignette of a middle-aged novelist’s fascination with a beautiful young woman and her troubled past could attract specialized interest offshore. Set in the picturesque, old-style […]

  • It

    Movie Ticket Prices Edge Down Slightly to $8.93 for Third Quarter

    Though it never lives up to its impressive opening, “A Passing Summer’s Rain” reps a worthwhile third feature by distaff director Tomris Giritlioglu that’s of more than passing interest. Literary vignette of a middle-aged novelist’s fascination with a beautiful young woman and her troubled past could attract specialized interest offshore. Set in the picturesque, old-style […]

  • Progression Image 3 of 3: Final

    Morelia: Toons Bookend the 15th Morelia Int’l Film Fest

    Though it never lives up to its impressive opening, “A Passing Summer’s Rain” reps a worthwhile third feature by distaff director Tomris Giritlioglu that’s of more than passing interest. Literary vignette of a middle-aged novelist’s fascination with a beautiful young woman and her troubled past could attract specialized interest offshore. Set in the picturesque, old-style […]

  • "Chappaquiddick," "Logan's Syndrome" Headline Carmel Film

    "Chappaquiddick," "Logan's Syndrome" Headline Carmel Film Festival

    Though it never lives up to its impressive opening, “A Passing Summer’s Rain” reps a worthwhile third feature by distaff director Tomris Giritlioglu that’s of more than passing interest. Literary vignette of a middle-aged novelist’s fascination with a beautiful young woman and her troubled past could attract specialized interest offshore. Set in the picturesque, old-style […]

  • Nicole Sexton

    Entertainment Industry Foundation Selects Nicole Sexton as President, CEO

    Though it never lives up to its impressive opening, “A Passing Summer’s Rain” reps a worthwhile third feature by distaff director Tomris Giritlioglu that’s of more than passing interest. Literary vignette of a middle-aged novelist’s fascination with a beautiful young woman and her troubled past could attract specialized interest offshore. Set in the picturesque, old-style […]

  • Shape of Water

    Napa Valley Film Festival to Proceed as Planned in Aftermath of Fires

    Though it never lives up to its impressive opening, “A Passing Summer’s Rain” reps a worthwhile third feature by distaff director Tomris Giritlioglu that’s of more than passing interest. Literary vignette of a middle-aged novelist’s fascination with a beautiful young woman and her troubled past could attract specialized interest offshore. Set in the picturesque, old-style […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content