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Two Summers (2002)

Not Rated | | Drama, Family | 24 April 2003 (USA)
8 year old Lewis Poppy's refusal to 'die of loneliness' propels him on a difficult journey to try to bring his deceased mother back to life.


Bruce Lapointe


Bruce Lapointe
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Credited cast:
Matthew Harbour ... Lewis Poppy
Frank Fontaine ... Herbert Poppy
Chip Chuipka Chip Chuipka ... Michael Poppy
Robert Crooks ... Alex Poppy
Sheena Larkin Sheena Larkin ... Gloria
Susan Almgren Susan Almgren ... Angela Poppy (as Susie Almgren)
Sven Eriksson Sven Eriksson
Ricky Mabe ... Mark
Lydia Zadel ... Alex's female co-worker
Cory Hogan ... 4 year old Lewis Poppy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Steve Adams ... Minister (2001)
Jamieson Boulanger
Terence Bowman Terence Bowman
Steven Crowder
Ellen David ... Business woman


8 year old Lewis Poppy's refusal to 'die of loneliness' propels him on a difficult journey to try to bring his deceased mother back to life.

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Believing is everything


Drama | Family


Not Rated






Release Date:

24 April 2003 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada


Box Office


CAD1,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Image Harvest Films See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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A truly unique moving film about how love and faith can bridge the chasms of isolation and pain between family members.
10 July 2003 | by setiatari1See all my reviews

I saw this Two Summers at a film festival and was deeply moved by it's depth of humanity. The storyline is about a young boy who (having lost both his mother and grandmother)is neglected and abused by his elder brother, father and grandfather. Each of the men lives in his own private world of pain, isolation and denial. After an unexpected turn of events the little boy decides that he will not die of loneliness and goes on a strrrange quest to bring his mother back. A chain reaction of events (touching, funny and harrowing) ensues. And his broken family is forced to... well I won't spoil it for you.

There were so many unique and beautiful things about the film:

1)The little boy is not portrayed as a victim but instead someone who, even though a child suffering neglect and abuse, decides to take responsibility for his own happiness.

2)The movie doesn't stereotype the characters. There are no villains or heroes. Each person is complicated and nuanced.

3)The movie portrays suburban WASP dysfunction through its graceful and unique camerawork and its script, without patronizing its characters or the audience with heavy-handedness.

4)At heart it's a hopeful movie that doesn't come across as faux-uplifting. Each character's risk and victory is hard-won and not without it's price, making the journey that much more meaningful and real to the audience. (Or me anyway.)

5)The director managed to pull amazing performances from the actors especially the young boy. Not a hint of cutesy wide-eyed movie-kid performance here. You really believe in this kid.

6)Although it's an independent film, it doesn't look or sound like it was shot on a shoestring budget.

I really related to the humanity of the characters even though on the face of it, I have nothing in common with them. That, I think is the mark of good cinema. It's a remarkably self-assured mature debut for such a young writer/director. One to keep an eye on.

This is not film on a grand sweeping scale but for those who like their movies intimate and heartfelt, I highly recommend it.

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