Summertime (La Belle Saison) Reviews

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.
July 23, 2016
Two dull people have a dull love affair in "Summertime," a French drama that drags on like an August afternoon.
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.
July 21, 2016
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.
July 21, 2016
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.
Top Critic
July 21, 2016
A rare look at the era through women's eyes.
July 21, 2016
For a while, Summertime seems to be as much about the French second-wave feminist movement as it is about its central romance.
July 18, 2016
Summertime celebrates the unique couple's chemistry, allowing their smiles to convey the transformative effect they have on one another.
July 18, 2016
The story's anchored by strong performances from Belgian star Cecile de France and French singer-turned-actress Izia Higelin, who have a natural chemistry that's not only credible but actually infectious.
July 18, 2016
Summertime owes less to its plot development than the credibility of its performances among this trio of women as they present a fascinating set of conflicting perspectives.
July 18, 2016
For all of its wise, welcome focus on the libidinal, Summertime additionally succeeds in presenting the far-left fervor of the time without devolving into school-play pageantry.
July 18, 2016
Five stars for good intentions; two for the path to cinematic platitude they pave.
July 15, 2016
A gentle piece of romantic escapism with Hollywood-sized emotions.
July 14, 2016
There are some nice moments and one or two icky ones.
July 11, 2016
A sensitive and moving tale.