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Summertime(La belle saison)

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France, Belgium
·
2015

1h 45m

Director Catherine Corsini
Starring Izïa Higelin, Cécile de France, Noémie Lvovsky, Laetitia Dosch

Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance

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In 1971, Carole, an activist professor and Delphine, an aspirational young woman and recent transplant from the French countryside meet and fall in love in Paris. When Carole follows Delphine back to her family farm, the two find that gay rights and feminism are not as easily accepted in the countryside.

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Screen International by Allan Hunter

The radiant, heartfelt performances from Izia Higelin and Cecile De France make you care about the final outcome even when you feel you know exactly where Summertime might be headed.
70

The Hollywood Reporter by Boyd van Hoeij

The story’s anchored by strong performances from Belgian star Cecile de France (The Kid With a Bike, Hereafter) and French singer-turned-actress Izia Higelin (Mauvaise fille), who have a natural chemistry that’s not only credible but actually infectious.
75

IndieWire by Eric Kohn

Summertime owes less to its plot development than the credibility of its performances among this trio of women as they present a fascinating set of conflicting perspectives.
90

Village Voice by Melissa Anderson

For all of its wise, welcome focus on the libidinal, Summertime additionally succeeds in presenting the liberationist fervor of the time without devolving into school-play pageantry.
67

The A.V. Club by Mike D'Angelo

Everything onscreen still feels credible, but forbidden-love stories are as predictable as the changing of the seasons. Summertime had briefly seemed to promise something more mercurial.
60

The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

It is well acted, well shot, earnest and high-minded in its eroticism, but with a certain Mills-and-Boony-swoony-ness that creates something unsubversive in the love affair itself.
80

Variety by Peter Debruge

Summertime celebrates the unique couple’s chemistry, allowing their smiles to convey the transformative effect they have on one another.
60

Time Out London by Tom Huddleston

The film can feel truncated, as if only a longer film or TV series could do proper justice to the details of the story. But it’s a sensitive and moving tale nonetheless.

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