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Motion Picture Purgatory: SUMMER’S CHILDREN (1979)

Julius Kohanyi, an independent filmmaker who started making documentary, experimental and narrative shorts as early as the 1960s, directed only one feature–the 1979 oddity SUMMER’S CHILDREN. In his latest Motion Picture Purgatory, Rick Trembles takes a look at this offbeat incest drama that takes a more arthouse-influenced approach to Toronto’s sleazier side then other Canadian entries like DRYING UP THE STREETS (1978) and the earlier PLEASURE PALACE (1974). Featuring memorable turns by local talent Michael Ironside and Don Francks, the film was partially financed by the Canadian Film Development Corporation and premiered on the CBC after a festival run. Rick sez: