Summertime (La Belle Saison) Reviews

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September 15, 2019
A classic summer-of-love tale where the struggle to come out of the closet are the central themes, Summertime is set in the 70s making the most of its gorgeous cinematography and attentive period detail.
February 20, 2019
The three women -- Delphine, Carole and Delphine's mother -- represent three very different perspectives on the changing -- or unchanging -- role of women.
February 14, 2018
[Director Catherine] Corsini pulls off an epic romance and an austere melodrama with great skill.
July 12, 2017
Corsini captures the era's lack of women's rights and opportunities and women's were just as constraining as homophobia.
June 28, 2017
Yes, this French, indie, lesbian coming-of-age story does indeed echo Blue (Is the Warmest Color). But Summertime is also a delicious, remarkable love story in no need of comparisons.
March 3, 2017
Corsini, aided by cinematographer Jeanne Lapoirie who shot Andre Techine's coming-out masterpiece Wild Reeds, presents a gay heroine who comes to consciousness and, with a little difficulty, adjusts to her place in the real, vividly cinematic world.
January 2, 2017
Catherine Corsini's film highlights the successes of second-wave feminism, but it's when the lovers move to the countryside that the film really finds its theme: the difficulties of growing up gay in a conservative community.
January 1, 2017
The moderate highs and lows of Delphine and Carole's may not go down as a classic love story. But the sincerity of its actresses (including Nomie Lvovsky as Delphine's quietly observant, unyielding mother) keeps you fully invested in their journey.
November 15, 2016
La Belle Saison is far from groundbreaking, but perhaps that's where its newness lies: in simply bringing queer women's concerns into mainstream arthouse filmmaking.
November 15, 2016
I'll warn you; Summertime will break your heart.
October 10, 2016
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.
September 16, 2016
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 13, 2016
The story treats each character with valid consideration, so that there's no simple resolution.
September 12, 2016
...there's a bittersweet air to the film...
September 6, 2016
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.
August 25, 2016
Far from the final word on its particular chapter of feminist history, but a very watchable, accessible primer -- a startpoint for further rumination, discussion, and perhaps even action.
August 18, 2016
La belle saison, is more fitting than the English one, for the film manages to capture the natural, if ephemeral, beauty that arises from life as it is, that we all should be so lucky to enjoy at least once in our lives.
August 9, 2016
There are many things to recommend Catharine Corsini's erotically charged drama.
August 1, 2016
American audiences looking for female-led dramas that are authentic by design need only seek out this impressive film.
July 22, 2016
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.
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