Summer Movies 🌼

Another season has arrived, which means a brand new list of movies.

Even though summer is my least favorite time of the year, I still enjoy its atmosphere. For me, it’s not a “hot girl’s summer“, but rather a chill, cottagecore one, full of freedom, beautiful nature sceneries, amazing sunrises and sunsets and even more bird chirping.

The movies that I’ve picked for this post represent that exact mood. I love them more for their awesome atmosphere, rather than plot. Because that’s what you need for a chilled and lazy summer day – something that will inspire you, but won’t make you think or analyze anything. So let’s start.

1. Call Me by Your Name (2017)

Gonna start with the one that “opened” my summer this year. I think I can describe this movie by the famous Italian saying – “dolce far niente“, cause it fits this film so well – a little Italian country with fascinating nature, being lazy and enjoying every moment, having a summer romance… Was a little too long for me, if it was 30 minutes shorter I’d rewatch this at least once a year.

2. Very Good Girls (2013)

This film shows the summer in a city, but still has cozy atmosphere of the beach and the countryside. What I love the most about this film is its soundtracks. All songs are just so perfect and on point, like they were created for summer. If you’re interested, the songs I love the most are – “Bahamas – Lost in the Light” and “Soko – First Love Never Die”.

3. My Summer of Love (2004)

This film has similar vibes to the first one, but instead of picturesque Italy you get to see the fascinating England, with fields, forests and rivers. If you think objectively, the movie doesn’t have a strong plot, but still you watch it with pleasure cause the warm colors and atmosphere complete the lack of action.

4. The Seagull (2018)

An adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s eponymous play, showing the life of Russian beau monde in a chill village, the drama of old and new generations and perception of art. And just like the others in the list, it will make you crave a summer in the countryside.

5. Now and Then (1995)

If you, like me, are a nostalgic person, this movie will be perfect for you. It kind of shows two storylines simultaneously – the present time of friends getting back together, and their childhood memories through flashbacks. It will remind you of those fun and careless summer days, when everything felt like a mystery and adventure.

6. Nanny McPhee 1 & 2 (2005, 2010)

This one’s for all the fantasy and fairytale lovers. These films have the most perfect cottagecore vibes, lots of magic and good morales. It’s one of those movies that is being watched and rewatched with love by the all members of the family, no matter how old they are.

I just realized that if I go on describing every other movie on my list, this post will last forever. So here are the rest of the films, all of which are equally good and display summer in various ways and in different locations and periods.

  • Letters to Juliet (2010)
  • Parent Trap (1998)
  • Mamma Mia! (2008)
  • Greta (2008)
  • The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005)
  • The Last Song (2010)
  • Spirited Away (2001)
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4 comments

  1. Nice list. I like that you include Anime. I went on a binge of getting all the Miyazaki movies I could find at the library and then moved on to the films of his studio partner, Isao Takahata. Have a great summer. It isn’t my favorite season either. I know I liked it as a kid as it meant no school, but I’m not fond of the crowds and the heat.

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