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Summer of 85 (2020)

Été 85 (original title)
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While boating, Alexis's boat capsizes and almost drowns before being rescued by David, who ultimately ends up as the friend of his dreams.


François Ozon


Aidan Chambers (novel), François Ozon (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Félix Lefebvre ... Alexis Robin
Benjamin Voisin ... David Gorman
Philippine Velge ... Kate
Valeria Bruni Tedeschi ... Mme Gorman
Melvil Poupaud ... M. Lefèvre
Isabelle Nanty ... Mme Robin
Laurent Fernandez Laurent Fernandez ... M. Robin
Aurore Broutin Aurore Broutin ... L'éducatrice
Bruno Lochet ... Bernard, l'employé de la morgue
Yoann Zimmer Yoann Zimmer ... Luc
Antoine Simoni Antoine Simoni ... Chris
Patrick Zimmermann Patrick Zimmermann ... Le juge
Samuel Brafman-Moutier ... Le frère Gorman
Benjamin Allouche Benjamin Allouche ... Le Rabbin


What do you dream of when you're 16 years old and in a seaside resort in Normandy in the 1980s? A best friend? A lifelong teen pact? Scooting off on adventures on a boat or a motorbike? Living life at breakneck speed? No. You dream of death. Because you can't get a bigger kick than dying. And that's why you save it till the very end. The summer holidays are just beginning, and this story recounts how Alexis grew into himself.

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Sexy & Nostalgic Gloom & Doom Boys Love
13 September 2020 | by AppleEye2USee all my reviews

Such a pity this movie is released during corona. Été 85 deserves worldwide recognition and rewards like Call Me By Your Name. It is said director Francois Ozon was inspired by this movie to make his own version, set in 1985, when he turned 18 in France.

This movie is typically Ozon, he's a master in story telling, stirs up our emotions, appeals to our hormones. The cast is wonderful. The male lead (Alex) is a brooding 16 year old student, who goes down the rabbit hole in his passion for his flamboyant lover (David) an 18 year old unstable character who lost his father a year ago.

Almost from the start we know their love is doomed, but the story unfolds like a sweet gay summer romance. We watch the boys sailing, dancing, driving to the sea, watching the sunset, exchanging sloppy kisses, making out at every opportunity. All scenes are filmed in 16 mm tinted in light colors to remind us of the eighties.

The boys fling lasts only 6 weeks, but makes a life long impression on Alex with life lessons about seduction, passion, jealousy and death. Later on he asks himself questions about real love, and the ideal of love, two different things, like we all know, but difficult to discern when you're intensely in love for the very first time.

All in all I loved this sexy, nostalgic Gloom & Doom boys love that seems fitting for the eighties. Go watch it.

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14 July 2020 (France) See more »

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