Summertime (La Belle Saison)


Summertime (La Belle Saison) (2016)


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


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A young woman (Izia Higelin) moves from the French countryside to Paris and begins a passionate love affair with a feminist leader (Cecile de France) in this drama set in 1970s France. Catherine Corsini directed.

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Critic Reviews for Summertime (La Belle Saison)

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Two dull people have a dull love affair in "Summertime," a French drama that drags on like an August afternoon.

Jul 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.

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

While the physical contrasts between Ms. de France and Ms. Higelin are striking, the differences of temperament and background that separate their characters rarely feel simplified.

Jul 21, 2016 | Full Review…

Artfully calculated and authentically felt, the unexpectedly effective "Summertime" combines the conventional structure of classic movie romance with a sensual same-sex frankness that couldn't be more up-to-date.

Jul 21, 2016 | Full Review…

A rare look at the era through women's eyes.

Jul 21, 2016 | Full Review…
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For a while, Summertime seems to be as much about the French second-wave feminist movement as it is about its central romance.

Jul 21, 2016 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Summertime (La Belle Saison)


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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