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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
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Drama
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Cast

Louis Garrel
as Frédéric
Céline Sallette
as Élisabeth

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Critic Reviews for A Burning Hot Summer

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (8)

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

Full Review… | July 20, 2012
San Francisco Chronicle
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Garrel's work is indebted to silent cinema style, but his recent films have shown a real flair for dialogue too.

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

Full Review… | July 12, 2012
Chicago Sun-Times
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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.

Full Review… | June 29, 2012
New York Post
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Here and elsewhere you linger in moments that, like memories and dreams, can feel severed from storybook time.

June 28, 2012
New York Times
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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.

Full Review… | June 26, 2012
Time Out
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½

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.

Walter M.
Walter M.

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½

A French film starring the sensually titillating Monica Bullucci as "Angele" an actor married to "Frederic" (Louis Garrel) a mediocre, dissipated artist; chemistry between the two is neither "hot" nor "burning", just boring. Frederick invites his best friend "Paul" (Jerome Robart) and his partner "Elizabeth" (Celine Sallette) to spend the summer with him and Angele; instead of the plot thickening it is diluted, thinned in trying tedium and triteness. I gleefully exited into a real and much more viable "burning hot summer", preferring the heat to this vapid scenario; questioning, puzzling why this film was ever made? ONE & 1/2 STARS! For Now.....Peneflix!

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