Summer with the Ghosts

The 20th entry in Montreal-based production outfit La Fete's "Tales for All" kidpic collection, "Summer With the Ghosts" is a nicely shot but small-scale item which looks a little pallid when set beside the "Harry Potter" pics. Best suited to small screen exposure, the film is likeable enough, but no more.

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With: Sarah-Jane Labrosse, Ron Lea, Nikola Culka, Karl Merkatz, Richard Jutras, Konstanze Breitebner.

The 20th entry in Montreal-based production outfit La Fete’s “Tales for All” kidpic collection, “Summer With the Ghosts” is a nicely shot but small-scale item which looks a little pallid when set beside the “Harry Potter” pics. Best suited to small screen exposure, the film is likeable enough, but no more.

Eleven-year-old Caroline (pert Sarah-Jane Labrosse) travels alone by plane from Montreal to Salzburg to spend the summer with her film director dad while her musician mom is on a nationwide concert tour in Canada. Arriving in the picturesque mountain village where the movie is being shot, Caroline becomes both fascinated and bored by the filmmaking process (the film being made is an unlikely looking confection titled “Dancing With the Duke”). She befriends a boy her own age, and together they attempt to help her father, who is having problems with the shoot, by enlisting the help of friendly ghosts who inhabit the village. The level of humor is basic, but the attractive settings and bright and breezy performance of Labrosse keep the very simple entertainment simmering along quite acceptably. Kids aged 8 to 12 should be mildly amused.

Summer with the Ghosts

Market / Canada-Austria

Production: A La Fete Inc. (Montreal)/ExtraFilm (Vienna) co-production, with the support of Telefilm Canada, Astral Media, Sodec. (International sales: La Fete, Montreal.) Produced by Chantal Lafleur, Rock Demers, Bernd Neuburger, Lukas Stepanik. Directed by Bernd Neuburger. Screenplay, Nadja Seelich.

Crew: Camera (color), Thomas Vamos; editor, Matthieu Roy-Decarie; music, Zdenek Merta. Reviewed at Cannes Film Festival (market), May 19, 2003. Running time: 85 MIN.

With: With: Sarah-Jane Labrosse, Ron Lea, Nikola Culka, Karl Merkatz, Richard Jutras, Konstanze Breitebner.

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