La belle saison / Summertime

It’s 1971 and Delphine (Izïa Higelin), the only child of a farming couple in the
Limousin, stuns her rural community by moving to Paris to go to university.
Once in the city, she quickly gets swept up in the feminist movement and falls
in love with the sophisticated activist Carole (Cécile de France). But when her
father has a heart attack, Delphine must return to help her mother on the
farm—and Carole follows. Through the love story between two women who
must struggle not only against homophobia but class divisions, Catherine
Corsini’s Summertime presents a gripping portrait of an age of political and
social ferment, pungently bringing to life the political and social movements
familiar to contemporary viewers through the work of the great French
thinkers of the last half century. But as its title indicates, Summertime also has
a lightness befitting both the newfound freedoms and occasional zaniness
of the urban seventies and a timeless, tender idyll in the countryside. In this
respect, the film strikes an interesting contrast with Abdellatif Kechiche’s
2013 Palme d’Or winner Blue Is the Warmest Color, another love story between
two women from different backgrounds. Where Kechiche took a formalist,
nearly anthropological approach to depicting sex between two women,
Corsini shows her characters together in a relaxed manner that has the ring of
authenticity—and suggests that love is love, no matter who is doing the loving.

Catherine Corsini

Catherine Corsini, Laurette Polmanss

Cécile de France
Izïa Higelin
Noémie Lvovsky
Kévin Azaïs

105 min.
France, 2015
Blu-Ray, DCP

Strand Releasing

$250 for Blu-ray
$350 for DCP