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La belle saison (2015)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 19 August 2015 (France)
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There was little chance, in the year 1971, that Carole, a Paris Spanish teacher and feminist militant, would ever meet Delphine, the daughter of a couple of Limousin farmers. But they did ... See full summary »


Catherine Corsini
3 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cécile de France ... Carole (as Cécile De France)
Izïa Higelin ... Delphine Benchiessa
Noémie Lvovsky ... Monique Benchiessa- la mère de Delphine
Jean-Henri Compère Jean-Henri Compère ... Maurice Benchiessa - le père de Delphine
Loulou Hanssen ... Françoise
Kévin Azaïs ... Antoine
Benjamin Bellecour Benjamin Bellecour ... Manuel
Laetitia Dosch ... Adeline
Sarah Suco Sarah Suco ... Fabienne
Calypso Valois Calypso Valois ... Charlotte
Natalie Beder Natalie Beder ... Marie-Laure (as Nathalie Beder)
Bruno Podalydès Bruno Podalydès ... Le professeur Chambard
Antonia Buresi Antonia Buresi ... Geneviève
Julie Lesgages Julie Lesgages ... Joëlle
Benjamin Baroche Benjamin Baroche ... Le type qui se fait mettre la main aux fesses


There was little chance, in the year 1971, that Carole, a Paris Spanish teacher and feminist militant, would ever meet Delphine, the daughter of a couple of Limousin farmers. But they did meet and not only did they come across each other but they fell passionately in love as well. Unfortunately, Delphine's father fell victim to a stroke, and the young woman had no other choice but to go back home to help her mother run the family farm. Carole, who was so smitten by Delphine, couldn't stand the estrangement and decided to join her lover at the farm. But could feminism and lesbianism easily be transferred to the countryside and its standards of the time...? Written by Guy Bellinger

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Release Date:

19 August 2015 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Summertime See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »


Box Office


€4,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,413, 22 July 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$35,034, 2 October 2016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,200,000, 10 May 2018
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2.35 : 1
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After a swim in the pond, the girls lay out to take some sun. As Carole lays naked on the blanket resting her head on Delphine, her arms are raised and we can see she does not have any underarm hair. As the girls start to kiss and caress Carole's armpit is exposed again but this time full of underarm hair. See more »


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20 January 2016 | by SindreKaspersenSee all my reviews

French actress, screenwriter and director Catherine Corsini's ninth feature film which she wrote with French screenwriter and director Laurette Polmanss, premiered in the Piazza Grande section at the 68th Locarno International Film Festival in 2015, was shot on locations in France and is a France-Belgium co-production which was produced by producer Elisabeth Perez. It tells the story about a French agrarian from the region of Limousin, Haute-Vienne in the commune of Limoges, France named Delphine who lives with her father named Maurice and her mother named Monique during the presidency of a French educator named Georges Pompidou (1911-1974), discovers that her friend is to marry and decides to go to Paris, France.

Distinctly and subtly directed by French filmmaker Catherine Corsini, this quietly paced fictional tale which is narrated from multiple viewpoints, draws a perspicacious portrayal of a daughter who is as aware of her own identity as she is of how it is perceived by society and her transcending encounter with a French teacher named Carole whom is in agency for the advancement of women's rights. While notable for its atmospheric milieu depictions and distinct cinematography by cinematographer Jeanne Lapoirie and production design by production designer Anna Falguères, this narrative-driven story about the concealments of obscurantism and the importance of feminization of agriculture where a character asks: "Aren't there things you feel like you can't do because you're a woman?" and declares: "My body is not a car!" was made six centuries after the Black Death claimed the life of an English 14th century Princess, born in the Tower of London, named Joan of England (1348) and the Strasbourg massacre (1349), five centuries after a law called Ewiger Landfriede or Perpetual Public Peace was ratified in the Roman Empire, more than two centuries after the French Penal Code of (1791) and the inauguration of the autocratic monarchy called the First French Empire (1804-1815) where the motto was liberty, equality, fraternity or death, and more than a century after the Treaty of London (1839), a fourteen-year-old French daughter forenamed Bernadette reported the Marian Apparitions in Lourdes (1858), the French Women's Union (1871) was calling for equal salaries, the beatification of the child of a Frenchman named Jacques and a Frenchwoman named Isabelle and an English-French 19th century poet pen named Renée Vivien (1877-1909) who was sculpted by Rodin, painted by Colette, born in London, England and lived in Paris, France wrote: "Yield up all your chagrin to eternal delight. Exhale in profound cry of suffering blight. All those events of the past, so cruel and senseless. Leave them to death, to the distance and to silence …" and ninety-five years after the decree of a decoration called the Medal of the French Family (1920).

Made seventy-one years after a French Chevalier of the Legion of Honour named Cécile Brunschvicg (1877-1946) witnessed the introduction of Women's Suffrage in the French Republic (1944), seventy years after a French resistance fighter named Germaine Tilion (1907-2008) escaped from Ravensbrück, Germany, forty-seven years after the University of Limoges (1968) and someone had written "Vive De Gaulle" on the University of Lyon (1968), forty-four years after a French author named Françoise d'Eubonne (1920-2005) who befriended a French mystic named Violette Leduc founded a group (1971) who held their meetings at École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts (1648) in Paris, France and a Swiss filmmaker named Carole Roussopoulos (1945-2009) made a documentary regarding FHAR, thirty-eight years after a Canadian singer forenamed Pauline sang a song written in 1974 by a French singer forenamed Anne-Marie called "You have no name", thirty-seven years after a French physicist and chemist named Annie Sugier started the first refuge for battered women in Clichy, Hauts-de-Seine, France, thirty-two years after the Court of Cassation (1790) in France changed an article in the French criminal code which made any intervention or operation, for no medical reason, on the external female reproductive organs a crime, fourteen-years after the About-Picard Law (2001), twelve years after a street in Paris, France was named Place de Olympe-de-Gouges (2003), nine years after a bridge in Paris, France was named Passerelle Simone-de-Beauvoir (2006), five years after an English songwriter in a song called "Cosmic Love" (2010) at the Bataclan theatre, Boulevard Voltaire, sang: "… in this twilight … so darkness I became …" a year after a Spanish-French civil servant named Anne Hidalgo became the first woman Major of Paris, Île-de-France, the same year as Transport for London made a video called "Report it to stop it" (2015), the Paris Métro a video called "Stop - It's enough" (2015) and a nineteen-year-old sister from the city of seven mountains named Aurora held a concert in Paris, France, this Sapphic interplay depicts some interrelated studies of character and contains a great and timely score by composer Grégoire Hetzel.

This gracefully romantic love-story which is set in France in the early 1970s the same year as a French citizen sealed a wire between the two towers of Notre-Dame and during the conception of the French women's liberation movement, and where the internal consummation of a human connexion rests on a being's preoccupation with other peoples' views, is impelled and reinforced by its cogent narrative structure, substantial character development, rhythmic continuity, comment by Delphine: "… I've often thought of you while following the struggle. It's amazing what you've accomplished ..." and the existing acting performances by Belgian actress Cécile de France and French singer and actress Izïa Higelin. A sustainable narrative feature.

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