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Summertime (La Belle Saison) presents a well-acted, beautifully framed period romance that offers a refreshing perspective on its era in the bargain. Read critic reviews

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In 1971, Carole and Delphine meet and fall in love. When Carole follows Delphine back to her family farm, the two find lesbianism and feminism are not as easy in the countryside.

Cast & Crew

Izïa Higelin
Delphine Benchiessa
Noémie Lvovsky
Monique Benchiessa- la mère de Delphine
Jean-Henri Compère
Maurice Benchiessa - le père de Delphine
Kévin Azaïs
Antoine
Grégoire Hetzel
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Jeanne Lapoirie
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Critic Reviews for Summertime

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  • Summertime is a gorgeously shot film by the French director Catherine Corsini that swoons over a lesbian love affair between Ccile de France and Izia Higelin.

    October 10, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The film is distinguished by magnificent photography by Jeanne Lapoirie and by the insightful screenplay by the director and Laurette Polmanss. It's enjoying a very limited cinema release, but is well worth checking out.

    September 16, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The juxtaposition of pulsating Paris with the static and reactionary countryside yields a compelling metaphor for Delphine's moral conundrum...What's frustrating about Summertime is its sometimes overly didactic tone.

    September 6, 2016 | Full Review…
  • There are many things to recommend Catharine Corsini's erotically charged drama.

    August 9, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Two dull people have a dull love affair in "Summertime," a French drama that drags on like an August afternoon.

    July 23, 2016 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • What makes Summertime really refreshing is that it doesn't treat its central romance as anything but wholly normal, despite the attitude of other characters, or indeed, the tenor of the time in which it is set.

    July 22, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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  • May 05, 2016
    An engaging love story that feels so relevant in our times considering that same-sex marriage was a much discussed topic in France only two years before it came out, and it is also a mature film about how we must live with the choices that we make in life but cannot unmake.
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