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"Guerin is a very gifted director of actors and his work with newcomer Baptiste Bertin is astounding. The lingering close-ups of Bertin's face are like a road map to the complex inner turmoil of his character." (Boyd van Hoeij, EuropeanFilms).
"Guerin and director of photography Mathieu Pansard worked together on shorts, and they've obviously developed a symbiotic relationship: Everything looks gorgeous, and the Super 16 transfer is rich and textured. The golden glow of late summer light bathes everything in a gentle warmth, and even the night scenes are crisp." (Variety.com)
"From the very first minutes of Franck Guerin's debut feature Summer Day you sense that the director has enough self confidence to work from an intuitive basis to the very end. (...) The film has that delightful touch of an energetic young director but it runs in a quiet tempo and has deep understanding for complex human emotions. Guerin's film is in close contact with many of the early works of the nouvelle vague, especially Chabrol's Le Beau Serge in it's portrayal of the little town, but it has a genuine, fresh touch of its own. Summer Day is probably not the kind of film that makes a lot of noise about itself. But Franck Guerin is a new director who should be watched very closely."(The International Federation of Film Critics - FIPRESCI)"
"La vie de Jesus" meets "Plein soleil" in "A Summer Day", impressively intricate and thought-provoking feature debut by Guerin. (...) Information is parcelled out parsimoniously, but we've always plenty to chew on as the film's slowburning atmospherics - aided by the strong performances, plus Mathieu Pansard's camerawork and Sebastien Schuller's electic score - carry us along, even through a couple of brief but repetitive dream sequences. Though the two towns are very far apart, we're really quite close to Bailleul, setting for Bruno Dumont's ambiguity-charged chronicle of post-adolescent small-town passions, "La vie de Jesus", whose title actively encouraged viewers to delve deep in search of subtext. "A Summer Day", despite its less-alluring label, demands - and repays - similar scrutiny. (Neil Young's Film Lounge)"