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727 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.

A Burning Hot Summer Directed by Philippe Garrel
Elegiac memoriams are rarely this funny, pointed or pleasurable.
December 28, 2012
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I have never seen a Garrel film untouched by grace, and A Burning Hot Summer is no exception. The emotional geography is more intricate than in any of his previous films but no less delicately rendered.
July 01, 2012
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Mr. Garrel’s stories may be fairly straightforward, but his storytelling is purposefully oblique. He doesn’t connect the dots and instead allows you to consider each narrative fragment, every seemingly atomized scene, before moving toward the pointillist whole. Here and elsewhere you linger in moments that, like memories and dreams, can feel severed from storybook time.
June 28, 2012
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