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Summertime (2015)

La belle saison (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 19 August 2015 (France)
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A young woman moves from the French countryside to Paris and begins a passionate love affair with a feminist leader in this drama set in 1970s France.


Catherine Corsini
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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 ... 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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Drama | Romance


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Did You Know?


Director Catherine Corsini stated that she named the two main characters Carole and Delphine after real life artists and feminists Carole Roussopoulos and Delphine Seyrig. See more »


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 »


Referenced in Paris 05:59: Théo & Hugo (2016) See more »


Me and Bobby McGee
Written by Fred Foster (as Fred L Foster) / Kris Kristofferson
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Lyrical, but not quite real
2 March 2020 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

I didn't much care for the first half of 'Summertime': a posse of beautiful, self-confident and middle-class young feminists assert their right to "to as they please" in the Paris of the 1970s. What is absent from the portrayal is any sense of the personal insecurity that cripples most of us; these sisters, it seems, can quite literally do anything for themselves. The film becomes more nuanced when it follows two of its protagonists (a lesbian couple) back to the farm in the country where one of them (Delphine) grew up, and whence she has now been summoned owing to the illness of her father. There's still some idealisation here: the family own their farm and live a simple peasant life. But the conflict between Delphine's familial and spatial sense of identity, and the new relationship she has forged in the city, is nicely portrayed, as is the guarded hostility of her mother and her local acquaintances to the choices she has made in her new life. Overall, it's not nearly as strong as 'Blue is the Warmest Colour', but it grew on me as I watched it.

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Release Date:

19 August 2015 (France) See more »

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Paris, France See more »


Box Office


EUR4,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,413, 24 July 2016

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