Summertime on Netflix, the review: love suspended in the summer sun

Forget Step and Baby, the clandestine races, the impossible love in a Rome of parties reserved for a select few. Forget, in short, Three meters above the sky: although the literary source is that of Federico Moccia’s best-seller, Summertime, the new original Italian production available on Netflix from tomorrow, April 29, 2020, is a whole other world. On the other hand, the target audience is no longer the one who had read the book or seen the film in 2004: 16 years have passed, the teenagers of that time today are young adults. What better way, then, to reset (almost everything) and give Step and Baby a new dimension -and new names-?

The title says it: Summertime is a TV series that runs throughout a season, the summer. School ends, and the protagonist Summer (the newcomer Coco Rebecca Edogamhe), model student of a linguistic high school, starts looking for a seasonal job, which she finds inside a hotel on the Romagna Riviera, where she lives.

Summer, head on shoulders and independent, dreams of being able to fly away from home, but she also knows that she is the glue in her family, with a mother, Isabella (Thony) who suffers for her partner and father of her daughters, who unloads all the responsibilities on her, and a sister, Blue (Alicia Ann Edogamhe) to take care of.

Alessandro (Ludovico Tersigni), on the other hand, is a budding motorcycle champion who, however, after a bad fall during a race, does not want to run anymore, unleashing the anger of his father Maurizio (Mario Sgueglia). Two souls, those of Summer and Ale, looking for a different but apparently impossible life, who meet by chance at one of the various parties that summer brings with it on the Riviera.

If it is not love at first sight, we are almost there: but for the two of them, seeing and talking to each other will not be so easy, and even when it does, their story will have to deal with many obstacles. But Summertime is also the friendship between Summer, Sofia (Amanda Campana) and Edo (Giovanni Maini) and between Ale and Dario (Andrea Lattanzi): relationships that intertwine, develop and lead to comparisons. And so, the more the summer progresses, the more the young protagonists will grow.