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Summertime (2015)

La belle saison (original title)
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 »

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Catherine Corsini
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [UK]

Country:

France | Belgium

Language:

French

Release Date:

19 August 2015 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Summertime See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR4,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,413, 24 July 2016

Gross USA:

$35,322

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,778,938
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Swiss visa # 1010.857. See more »

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

Soundtracks

Glory Dixie
Composed by Konrad Elfers
(P) & © Ed. Beco Tapes
Authorised by Universal Publishing Production Music France
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Great Period piece from French cinema
28 September 2016 | by t-dooley-69-386916See all my reviews

'La Belle Saison' is set in 1971 when women were asserting their rights – as indeed a lot of folk were doing the same to a world that was not really ready. This is set against the lives of Delphine from a rural farming family. She escapes to Paris where she happens to cross paths with the fiery Carole (Cécile de France – 'Meserine').

Then amidst the heady cocktail of feminism, liberation and radical politics they expressed themselves sexually – which of course was revolutionary. Yes they set about challenging the heterosexual orthodoxy - and found more than just a political statement in that they fell for each other.

Now there is tons more to this inspiringly brilliant film. It is made in such a way that the characters come alive and are completely believable. All the performances are outstanding and the period detail is really good too. The hair and fashions as well as the vehicles are spot on – and some nice Janis Joplin songs on the soundtrack too. There is so much here to like that it is a very easy job to recommend.


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