UN ETE BRULANT / A BURNING HOT SUMMER

SYNOPSIS
Philippe Garrel, the most romantic of the post–New Wave masters, returns to the mysteries of the human heart in A Burning Hot Summer, exploring all the passion and unruly emotions that the title suggests. Painter Frédéric (Louis Garrel, the director’s son) and his actress wife, Angèle (Monica Bellucci, in one of the best performances of her career), live in Rome, where they are soon joined by a friend of Frédéric’s, actor Paul and his actress girlfriend, Elisabeth. While Frédéric and Angèle seem to be drifting irrevocably apart, Paul and Elisabeth, still in the early stages of their relationship, struggle to determine what kind of couple they want to be. Garrel’s film explores the intricacies of not only sexual relationships but platonic ones as well, particularly the strong connection between Frédéric and Paul. To watch these four characters become consumed by jealousy, despair, spite, and ardor is to witness a great modern tragedy, told by a filmmaker who has spent most of his 50-year career transforming pain into art.

“This perpetual flow between the dead and the living, this trade of intimate and fictional material, reproduces all what we admire in the quite primitive cinema of Garrel.”
Jacques Mandelbaum, Le Monde

DIRECTOR
Philippe Garrel

SCREENPLAY
Marc Cholodenko, Caroline Deruas-Garrel, Philippe Garrel

CAST
Angèle: Monica Bellucci
Frédéric: Louis Garrel
Élisabeth: Céline Sallette
Paul: Jérôme Robart

GENRE Drama
LANGUAGE French, Italian
RUNNING TIME 95’
PRODUCTION France, Italy, Switzerland, 2011
RATING Not Rated
FORMAT(S) Blu-ray, DVD

DISTRIBUTOR
IFC Films