"After every film that kept me at a comfortable distance from Summer of '62, this film came back to me, waiting for my attention as a child awaits his father and wants his story, his childhood to be told to him," Mehdi Charef confides. "When I finally started writing it, I found everything and everyone in place… Michèle and Costa, ready to support me as they had after Miss Mona… the scars, the pain… The discomfort when I settled in my hotel room a few miles away from the places of my childhood."
It's springtime, and the war in Algeria has been going on for years. Soon summer will come, and with it, independence. Ali – alias Mehdi Charef – is eleven years old. He and his best friend Nico are watching their world change… and pretending they believe that Nico will never leave. Never?
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