A Burning Hot Summer (2012)
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Loosely evoking Godard's Contempt, A Burning Hot Summer examines the once-happy marriage between brooding painter Frédéric (Louis Garrel) and his movie-star wife Angèle (Bellucci) as it hits the rocks. When another young couple-actors Paul (Jérôme Robart) and Elisabeth (Céline Sallette)-joins them on a Roman holiday, tensions and passions flare. The film features a score by the Velvet Underground's John Cale, with the legendary Maurice Garrel (the director's father) in his final role. -- (C) IFC
Jun 29, 2012 Limited
Nov 12, 2012
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While I have to acknowledge Garrel's skill, the film, which actually has its compelling moments, falls somewhat flat.
Garrel's work is indebted to silent cinema style, but his recent films have shown a real flair for dialogue too.
"A Burning Hot Summer" failed to persuade me of any reason for its existence.
There are spirited moments, notably Angèle's torrid dance with another man at a party. But the film's observations are surprisingly retrograde, even absurd.
Here and elsewhere you linger in moments that, like memories and dreams, can feel severed from storybook time.
A Burning Hot Summer wisely knows when and how to surgically slice directly to the bone. It's a bad romance of the highest order.
I have never seen a Garrel film untouched by grace, and A Burning Hot Summer is no exception.
The Louis Garrel character's mixture of self-containment and alleged possessiveness over his wife fails to convince, if not to irritate.
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