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  • Summary: Set in Huilotepec, a community in the Mexican countryside, Summer of Goliath revolves around three characters: Teresa, who embarks on a mission to determine why her husband has suddenly abandoned her; her son Gabino, who is in the military and spends his time conducting car searches, as wellSet in Huilotepec, a community in the Mexican countryside, Summer of Goliath revolves around three characters: Teresa, who embarks on a mission to determine why her husband has suddenly abandoned her; her son Gabino, who is in the military and spends his time conducting car searches, as well as intimidating the locals, with his fellow soldier Alberto; and 16-year-old Oscar – nicknamed Goliath – who is socially outcast because of a rumor that he killed his girlfriend. Dominated by Teresa’s wanderings and her interactions with the town’s inhabitants, Summer of Goliath hauntingly depicts a community suffering from the effects of lost loved ones, broken promises, disconnection, and eternal longing.(FiGa Films) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Chris Cabin
    Jul 5, 2011
    63
    Nicholas Pereda shows nothing short of immense promise here, especially in his enigmatic framing and collaborative effort with his regular DP, Alejandro Colonado.
  2. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Jul 5, 2011
    60
    Though Summer of Goliath has its share of grace notes and gorgeous shots, the anxiety of influence hangs heavy over every real-time interaction, every direct testimony, every re-creation (and re-re-creation) of allegedly true incidents.
  3. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Jul 7, 2011
    50
    Carrying far more weight than their screen time would warrant, the "interviews" with actors playing young children are the best part of the film.
  4. Reviewed by: Boyd van Hoeij
    Jul 5, 2011
    40
    Pereda moves into territory where atmosphere and tone are more important than story or character.
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