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A BURNING HOT SUMMER
(UN ÉTÉ BRÛLANT)
Golden Lion Venice Film Fest
"[Philippe] Garrel's direction...has a charged tranquility that imbues the proceedings with edgy energy" -Village Voice
"A Burning Hot Summer wisely knows when and how to surgically slice directly to the bone. It's a bad romance of the highest order" -TimeOut NY
"Emotionally raw... [Garrel] creates worlds that spring from a poetic, deeply personal sense of life rather than a screenwriting manual" -New York Times
"Like John Cassavetes, Garrel is at his most authentic and electrifying depicting extremes of instability and romantic tumult" -TimeOut Chicago
The stormy relationship between a painter and an Italian film actress is
seen through the eyes of another young couple in Philippe Garrel's latest
exploration of twisted emotional ties. Frédéric (Louis Garrel, the
director's son) is an artist who is married to Angèle (Monica Bellucci), a
successful actress. Frederic strikes up a close friendship with Paul (Jérôme
Robart), an aspiring actor and self-professed revolutionary who ekes out a
living as a film extra. When a film project takes Angèle to Italy, she and
Frédéric invite Paul to join them, and he brings along his new girlfriend, a
fellow bit player named Elisabeth (Céline Sallette). As Frédéric and Paul
spend more time together, Angèle bonds with Elisabeth, but while the men are
content to talk about simple things, the women find themselves discussing
issues in their relationships, including jealousy, anger and temptation. In
time, the women's dissatisfaction leads them to consider other partners,
turning all of their relationships upside down.
Although Philippe Garrel
(Regular Lovers, The Frontier of Dawn) started making films in 1964 he
remains almost unknown in the English-speaking world and the work of this
daring auteur deserves greater recognition. Many of his films have been
personal, almost autobiographical, and he has collaborated over the years
with some of France's finest actors, producing substantial body of work.
"Philippe Garrel is the proverbial underrated genius. He is the closest
thing to a poet functioning today in French cinema." (Olivier Assayas) With
a score by the Velvet Underground's John Cale, and the legendary Maurice
Garrel (the director's father) in his final role.
Directed by Philippe
Garrel, France/Italy/Switzerland, 2011, 35mm, 95 mins. In French and
Italian with English subtitles.