A Burning Hot Summer

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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

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  • While I have to acknowledge Garrel's skill, the film, which actually has its compelling moments, falls somewhat flat.

    Jul 20, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Garrel's work is indebted to silent cinema style, but his recent films have shown a real flair for dialogue too.

    Jul 13, 2012 | Full Review…
  • "A Burning Hot Summer" failed to persuade me of any reason for its existence.

    Jul 12, 2012 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jun 29, 2012 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Here and elsewhere you linger in moments that, like memories and dreams, can feel severed from storybook time.

    Jun 28, 2012 | Rating: 3/5
  • 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.

    Jun 26, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Eric Hynes

    Time Out
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In "A Burning Hot Summer," Paul(Jerome Robart) meets and falls in love with Elisabeth(Celine Sallette) while both are day players on a movie about World War I. Soon after, they visit Paul's friend Frederic(Louis Garrel), an artist, and Frederic's wife Angele(Monica Bellucci), in Rome. And that's pretty much it for any kind of story with "A Burning Hot Summer." In fact, the only kind of drama involves a huge rat, as everybody sits pretentiously around while waiting for the inevitable to happen. I mean this movie is so slow I thought my DVD player was skipping a couple of times but alas no.

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