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Été 85  2020
Summer Of ’85
Director:  François Ozon
Producer:
  Eric Altmayer and Nicolas Altmayer
Art Director:
  Frédéric Delrue
Editor:
  Laure Gardette
Music:
  Jean-Benoît Dunckel
Screenplay:
  François Ozon, based on the novel Dance On My Grave by Aiden Chambers
Director of Photography:
  Hichame Alaouie
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Cast:
spacer1 Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
spacer1 Melvil Poupaud
spacer1 Isabelle Nanty
spacer1 Benjamin Voisin
spacer1 Félix Lefebvre
spacer1 Philippine Veige
spacer1 Samuel Brafman-Moutier
spacer1 Aurore Broutin
spacer1 Philippine Veerman
spacer1 Laurent Fernandez
spacer1 Yoann Zimmer
spacer1 Antoine Simony
spacer1 Valeria Bruni Tedeschi spacer1 Melvil Poupaud spacer1 Isabelle Nanty
spacer1 Benjamin Voisin spacer1 Félix Lefebvre spacer1 Philippine Veige
spacer1 Samuel Brafman-Moutier spacer1 Aurore Broutin spacer1 Philippine Veerman
spacer1 Laurent Fernandez spacer1 Yoann Zimmer spacer1 Antoine Simony
spacer1 Valeria Bruni Tedeschi spacer1 Melvil Poupaud
spacer1 Isabelle Nanty spacer1 Benjamin Voisin
spacer1 Félix Lefebvre spacer1 Philippine Veige
spacer1 Samuel Brafman-Moutier spacer1 Aurore Broutin
spacer1 Philippine Veerman spacer1 Laurent Fernandez
spacer1 Yoann Zimmer spacer1 Antoine Simony

Synopsis:
Alexis (Félix Lefebvre, in a star-making performance) is a working-class teenager deciding whether to join the workforce or continue his studies in literature. While out sailing, he capsizes during a storm and is saved by 18-year-old stranger David (the sublime Benjamin Voisin). David takes Alexis to his home, where they meet David’s forceful, charismatic mother (the hilarious Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi). David takes the helm of this new friendship and budding romance, and is soon showering Alexis with attention and gifts. He even gives Alexis a summer job at his mother’s nautical store, which he took over after his father’s recent death.

The chemistry between the two actors burns as their summer fling gives way to a dangerous obsession. David’s fixation on Alexis turns to cruelty as he reveals a sinister side to his personality. (You know a romance is doomed when your lover makes you promise to dance on their grave after their death.)

Review:
Unlike many queer coming-of-age love stories, Summer of 85 doesn’t dwell on its young characters’ coming out. They are not plagued by sexual repression, which frees the film up to fully portray their desire and youthful sexuality. It also brings to light other, more esoteric elements of infatuation and devotion, questioning whether it is, ultimately, we ourselves who project onto others the personas that we fall in love with.

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