Rent Summertime (2015)

3.4 of 5 from 130 ratings
1h 41min
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Synopsis:
In 1970s France Delphine (Izia Higelin) moves from her rural roots to Paris where she meets Carole (Cecile de France), an activist involved in the stirrings of the feminist movement, and they become involved in an all-consuming romance. However, when Delphine has to return home after her father's stroke, the couple find it difficult to square this new life with the less liberal attitude of the village and Delphine's family.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Elisabeth Perez
Writers:
Catherine Corsini, Laurette Polmanss
Aka:
La belle saison
Studio:
Curzon / Artificial Eye
Genres:
Drama, Lesbian & Gay, Romance
Countries:
France, Drama, Lesbian & Gay, Romance
BBFC:
Release Date:
12/09/2016
Run Time:
101 minutes
Languages:
French
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Director and Producer Interview
  • Deleted Scenes

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Reviews (1) of Summertime

An affecting, atmospheric love story - Summertime review by DH

Spoiler Alert
12/09/2018

Well, firstly, this movie could only be French; my goodness it is so French. Languid pacing is one of those defining characteristics, as is the distinctively euro-realist cinematography. It revels in creating an atmosphere of place and in this it is extraordinarily successful.

I'm not the first to make this observation, but there are many striking similarities with Blue is the Warmest Colour. Very much in the same emotional territory. You can identify several scene-for-scene parallels between the two movies. Follow that comparison through to the way that each film presents the consuming passion of the characters' lovemaking and you have the foundation for a lengthy debate about a male or female director's approach to such scenes. In the case of Summertime, director Catherine Corsini has said that she didn't want the film to be an 'opportunity for guys to come watch some skin'. Be that as it may, there's certainly still an uninhibited frankness to the film's sex scenes.

But, as with Blue, despite indulgently celebrating the physical, that really isn't the point. Above all Summertime is just a romantic love story, simply and beautifully rendered, though one that is also grimly bounded by the barriers that stand between the lovers and their chances for happiness. More than the moral censure of a rural community, ultimately the near insurmountable challenge proves to be the immutable forces of cruel fate and family duty.

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