summertime: review

Posted by on September 12, 2016 in , ,

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Director Catherine Corsini’s romance is set during the early 1970s feminist movement in France. The focus is on Delphine (Izïa Higelin), a young farmer’s daughter, and Carole (Cécile de France), a slightly older Parisian teacher, and the conflict between forward-looking city life and more conservative rural traditions.


When a family illness forces Delphine back to the farm, Carole decides to follow and the couple realizes that the provinces are no match for Paris. Corsini’s superb film – her ninth – shares a certain spirit with Olivier Assayas’ Something In The Air, which was a similarly engaged coming of age drama set during the same period. More evidently, it evokes comparisons with Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue Is The Warmest Colour – another controversial and acclaimed lesbian drama – but Corsini’s film views its protagonists through the prism of feminism, commingling the personal and the political from a compelling and fresh angle.



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