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Summer Things (2002)

Embrassez qui vous voudrez (original title)
Two couple of friends, one very rich the other almost homeless, decides to go on Holiday. Julie, a single mother, joins them too. Once at seaside, it starts a complicate love cross among ... See full summary »

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Michel Blanc

Writers:

Michel Blanc, Joseph Connolly (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Lou Doillon ... Emilie
Sami Bouajila ... Kevin
Gaspard Ulliel ... Loïc
Mélanie Laurent ... Carole
Matthieu Boujenah Matthieu Boujenah ... Romain
Mickaël Dolmen Mickaël Dolmen ... Rena / Nanou
Barbara Kelsch Barbara Kelsch ... Pauline
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Two couple of friends, one very rich the other almost homeless, decides to go on Holiday. Julie, a single mother, joins them too. Once at seaside, it starts a complicate love cross among them that will involve also a transsexual, a jealous brother,a Latin Lover and another nervous stressed couple. Not to mention about the daughter of one of them that is secretly in Chicago with one of his father's employee... More, at the end of the summer all of them will join the same party... Written by 1felco

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

9 October 2002 (France) See more »

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Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,738,101
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1.85 : 1
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Moving film about the complicated ways of love
22 June 2003 | by meitschiSee all my reviews

A moving, sometimes hilarious film about a group of characters who go on vacation together just to be confronted with each other and their own lies toward the others and themselves. A family that has lost both their baby daughter and all their money keep pretending towards their rich friends that they still live well; a middle-aged couple separate for the first time for vacation and both make new and surprising emotional experiences; a notoriously jealous husband turns his pretty wife's life into hell; a young mother searches desperately for a new man in her life and finds a dashingly handsome, but very suspicious guy; a young employee goes to America with his boss' daughter whom he loves, only to see himself ruthlessly let down by her.

The week on vacation changes the lives of the characters in one way or the other: friendships and love blossom; other relationships end; everyone makes important personal experiences.

No-one of the characters is entirely dislikeable (maybe the bitchy, sex-crazed daughter is the most), but they keep hurting each other in spite that many of the characters care a lot about the others, notably Charlotte Rampling's Elizabeth.

A film about the complicated and intriguing ways of love, friendship and caring that makes one think a lot. Wonderfully played by an excellent cast, sensitively written by also-director and star Michel Blanc (he plays the most grotesque character, the jealous husband).


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