OK. It was a beautiful film. But holy jeez. It was so long, slow, and boring. I nearly went crazy.
They depicted a teen summer romance effectively, and also the aura of romance that permeates a teen life in a rural area. That was nice. Interestingly, the boy restrains himself from sexual advances. That's certainly unique for such a story.
But what the hell was wrong with the girls legs? Was it polio? So he takes her braces off and she is somehow treading water while holding his hand. Then she breaks away and drowns and he doesn't even notice or can't find her? What the hell? I guess they needed a talent like Pearce to convey the sadness of our protagonist with facial expressions. But that's pretty much all there was all film long. Sadness conveyed.
Cut it shorter, add a little more background and dialog, and ease up on the schmaltzy music.
Again, this was a visually beautiful film, but excruciating to get through.
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