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Review: “Summer in the Forest” honors Jean Vanier and the people he serves

America

To characterize a film as “feel-good” is usually to dismiss it as butter for the brain – slick, smooth, eminently palatable but probably better in limited servings. “Summer in the Forest,” which is a fittingly unorthodox documentary, as well as the Catholic philosopher Jean Vanier’s resume for sainthood, is a feel-good film in the sense that it reaffirms one’s faith in humanity and maybe even in what Vanier contends is a common human instinct for peace and universal justice – an instinct, Vanier concedes, that is too often “very, very quiet.”