I’m not going to waste your time by complaining about how the weather is awful, and it seems like winter will never end. Classic March. Instead, I’m going to completely ignore the frigid, dumb cold and reflect on some of my favorite movies that embody the best season of the year. These films are not all explicitly about spring or summer, but each capture the quiet and carefree warmth of the season.
Just as the young love between Deanie (Natalie Wood) and Bud (Warren Beatty) fully blossoms it crumbles, sending Deanie into a mental breakdown. In the face of that, the film still illustrates a gorgeous landscape of spring and early summer. It’s easy to get swept up in the romance of spring in this movie, but it’s just as easy to feel like your heart is being slammed on the ground. Why do you have to be so cruel, young love?
4) The Virgin Suicides (1999)
Though I am not Sofia Coppola’s biggest fan, she unquestionably creates visceral atmospheres in her films, Virgin being no exception. The whole thing oozes the warmth of spring, making it hard to resist the temptation to roll around in the grass while listening to Air.
3) The Tree of Life (2011)
All right, bear with me on this one. The film’s scope is fairly epic, but the most affecting moments surround the childhood of Sean Penn’s character and his brothers. These vignettes have such a palpable nostalgia of youth, of family, of the times when the most enthralling entertainment came from exploring outside. It captures the innocence and beauty of spring through the eyes of a child. If only we could all have Jessica Chastain’s whispers to narrate our most complex thoughts as we stand a field being rustled by a warm breeze.
2) Rear Window (1954)
Though it doesn’t have a large focus on the weather, Rear Window still fully shows off some of the best atmospheric qualities of spring and summer. The windows are always open, causing the curtains to blow in the breeze, and the sounds of distant music and chatter can often be heard—plus the neighbor across the way is always dancing in her negligee. That’s what all us women do when the weather finally gets warm, right?
1) Spring Breakers (2012)
I like to imagine the gaggle of young teens flocking to this Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens movie, completely ignorant of its graphic, disturbing content. This is the only film on this list expressly about the season, and rightfully so it takes the number one spot. It’s a neon-drenched, hilariously depraved portrait of what I imagine is a fairly common vacation for teens. I have no idea—I was home schooled. Spring break forever, bitches.
Author: Catherine Haas
Catherine Haas is a native Philadelphian who received her master’s in film history from Columbia University. She is a freelance film programmer, writer, and an avid pug enthusiast.