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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.

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François Ozon

Writers:

Aidan Chambers (novel), François Ozon (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Félix Lefebvre Félix Lefebvre ... Alexis Robin
Benjamin Voisin Benjamin Voisin ... David Gorman
Philippine Velge 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
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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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The movie was initially supposed to be called 'Été 84' ('Summer of 84'). Robert Smith, the singer of The Cure, refused to grant François Ozon the permission to use his song 'In Between Days' because it was actually released a year later, in 1985. Ozon wrote back a letter to Robert Smith asking for a lower price for the rights and saying that he could change the name of his movie to 'Été 85', which was finally done. See more »

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Summer love is always a painful love
29 September 2020 | by MarcoParzivalRochaSee all my reviews

Normandy, 1985. Alexis and David begin an unlikely friendship after an incident at sea. The story telling is interesting, François Ozon style, the typical plot to appeal for feelings and emotions, but that sometimes (as is the case in this film) falls too much into the melodramatic. There's nothing mind blowing, or double-sided characters, it is a simple summer love story, where there's a side of innocence and illusion about the first love to contrast with a rebellious and non-conformist side, of fleeting relationships. The aesthetics and sonority perfectly captures the 80's vibe, in a fantastic 16mm film. Those who liked 'Call Me by Your Name' will certainly like 'Été 85', given the similarities and inspirations that the director sought after Luca Guadagnino's great success. The protagonists have talent, and above all, chemistry, essential for a film of this kind to work. It's a nice way to end the (strange) summer of 2020.


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Country:

France | Belgium

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French | English

Release Date:

14 July 2020 (France) See more »

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$3,359,331
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1.85 : 1
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