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Two couple of friends, one very rich the other almost homeless, decides to go on Holiday. Julie, a single mother... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Charlotte Rampling ... Elizabeth Lannier

Jacques Dutronc ... Bertrand Lannier

Carole Bouquet ... Lulu
Michel Blanc ... Jean-Pierre

Karin Viard ... Véronique

Denis Podalydès ... Jérôme

Clotilde Courau ... Julie
Vincent Elbaz ... Maxime
Lou Doillon ... Emilie

Sami Bouajila ... Kevin

Gaspard Ulliel ... Loïc

Mélanie Laurent ... Carole
Matthieu Boujenah ... Romain
Mickaël Dolmen ... Rena / Nanou
Barbara Kelsch ... Pauline

Nicolas Briançon ... Dr. Davy

Jade Phan-Gia ... Mme Davy
Serge Brincat ... Samuel
Hélène Pecqueur ... Clotilde

Dominic Gould ... Homme au parasol
Benoît Soles ... Hotel barman
Tugdual Rio ... Maitre d'hôtel restaurant
Arnaud Le Bozec ... Maître d'hôtel cocktail
Jean-François Demay ... Père Carole
Valérie Clairet ... Esthéticienne
Solène de la Villesbret ... Nina
Delphine Sérina ... Femme Maxime
Gérard Renault ... Policier 1
Stéphane Bouby ... Policier 2
Nathalie Grandhomme ... Hôtesse aéroport

Ed Stoppard ... Rick
Park Bench ... Type boîte
Stephen Croce ... Passager US avion
Anna Murie ... Bébé 1
Zoé Murie ... Bébé 2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alexandra Charles
Sylvie Normandeau ... Bar waitress
Craig Snoyer ... Bouncer

Directed by
Michel Blanc 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Michel Blanc 
Joseph Connolly  book "Summer Things"

Produced by
Julie Baines .... co-producer
Yves Marmion .... producer
Jason Newmark .... associate producer
Enzo Porcelli .... co-producer (as Franco Vincenzo Porcelli)
Original Music by
Mark Russell 
Cinematography by
Sean Bobbitt 
Film Editing by
Maryline Monthieux 
Casting by
Françoise Menidrey 
Production Design by
Benoît Barouh 
Set Decoration by
Catherine Jarrier-Prieur 
Costume Design by
Olivier Bériot 
Makeup Department
Katherine Hill .... makeup department head
Lydia Pujols .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Bruno Bernard .... unit manager
Pierre-François de Malézieu .... Assistant régisseur adjoint
Gérard Gaultier .... production manager
Abraham Goldblat .... post-production manager
Anne-Sophie Henry-Cavillon .... assistant unit manager
Manuel Recolin .... assistant unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Inès de la Bévière .... second assistant director
Patrick Delabrière .... first assistant director
Art Department
Christophe Couzon .... second assistant decorator
Benoit Dindinaud .... first assistant set designer
Jérémy Duchier .... props
Benedicte Joffre .... upholsterer
Frank Monseigny .... first assistant art director
Dévi Tirouvanziam .... art department assistant
Sound Department
Nicolas Becker .... foley artist
Katia Boutin .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Denis Carquin .... boom operator
Christophe Chevalier .... foley artist assistant
Sophie Guindon .... assistant to sound editor
Vincent Hedon .... sound trainee
Pierre Lenoir .... sound
Vincent Montrobert .... dialogue editor
Kath Pollard .... re-recording assistant
Bruno Tarrière .... sound re-recording mixer
Bruno Tarrière .... sound
Jérôme Wiciak .... supervising sound editor
Visual Effects by
Luc Augereau .... visual effects producer
David François .... digital artist
Christian Guillon .... visual effects producer
François Vagnon .... visual effects supervisor
Frédéric Vallet .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Jean-François Drigeard .... rigger gaffer
Eric Gies .... electrician
Jean-Pierre Lacroix .... gaffer
Nic Lawson .... assistant camera
Stéphane Paillard .... assistant camera
Thierry Valletoux .... still photographer
Jean-Pierre Voisin .... electrician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Olivier Ligen .... costumer
Olivier Ligen .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Virginie Bruant .... assistant editor
Agathe Cauvin .... assistant editor
Location Management
Aude Lemercier .... location scout
Music Department
Valérie Lindon .... music producer
London Telefilmonic Orchestra .... orchestra
Gerry O'Riordan .... music recording engineer
Mark Russell .... conductor
Mark Russell .... orchestrator
Transportation Department
Tim Fagan .... transportation captain
Other crew
Patrick Aubrée .... script supervisor
Carlos Lopez .... production assistant: UK

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Also Known As:
"Embrassez qui vous voudrez" - France (original title)
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103 min
Aspect Ratio:
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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Wonderful web of repressed characters., 29 August 2004
Author: pippa_bennett ( from Monmouth, UK

It was Francois Ozon's 'Swimming Pool' that really made me sit up and take note of Charlotte Rampling's suitability to french cinema. Her stern facade yet the notion she is longing for sexual freedom suits it to a 't'.

After 'Swimming Pool' I made a conscious search for Rampling's other forays into french cinema, and this is one of the surprisingly many i came up with.

'Summer Things' seemed to me a bit like a multiple brief encounter. It follows a family riddled with dissatisfaction and their friends over the course of a summer. The daughter off for a 'naughty summer'in Chicago with the boyfriend her parents don't know about, the mother off with her friends all of whom have terrible family problems themselves, and the father who spends the summer liberated from the wife he is confused by, in the arms of his transsexual lover.

The characters are all linked in such deliciously complex ways - one of the biggest links being how much they need this change, this summer to not make them change their lives as what is expected of films of this nature, but in fact to learn how to enjoy the lives they already have - this idea was so refreshing, and like 'brief encounter' what made it so real. there weren't any epiphanies, just character developments, life lessons and realisations of the fact that the grass is never as green as we hope it might be.

Watch it! :)

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