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690 Ratings

A Burning Hot Summer

Un été brûlant

Directed by Philippe Garrel
France, Switzerland, 2011
Drama, Romance


In part an homage to Godard’s Contempt, the film follows a young couple spending the summer at the luxurious home of brooding painter Frédéric (Louis Garrel) and his wife, actress Angèle (Monica Bellucci). Cracks begin to show in each couple’s relationship as the quartet spends more time together.

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A Burning Hot Summer Directed by Philippe Garrel

Critics reviews

There is a moment in Philippe Garrel’s A Burning Hot Summer which stands out. . . . The scene, shot in a single take, is a rare moment of freedom in an otherwise rigid and formally austere film that it underscores just how trapped Angèle has been leading up to this moment.
July 10, 2018
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Un été brûlant [A Burning Hot Summer], another great film in the director’s career, marks at last the achievement of a novelistic mode in Garrel’s cinema… Un été brûlant is, equally, a meditation or study (in the sense of an artist’s study or copy) upon Godard’s classic Le mépris [Contempt] (1963).
April 16, 2013
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