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The French Riviera, summer, 1985. Budding teenage writer Alexis (Félix Lefebvre, School’s Out) capsizes while he’s out sailing on a stormy afternoon, but he’s saved from certain death by the statuesque, mercurial David (Benjamin Voisin, Emma).
“One of the best coming of age stories in recent memory – an affecting tale of first love and first heartbreak, all rolled into one.” – Allstair Ryder, Film Inquiry
They become fast friends, and Alexis starts working for David’s affectionate but scattered mother (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, A Castle in Italy) in her seaside tourist shop. Alexis’s attraction to David soon blossoms into passion, and the two lovers steal every possible moment for a fugitive kiss, a motorcycle ride, or a trip to the cinema. But their relationship is rocked by challenges, and by the end of the summer, their romance has turned into a deeper meditation on mortality and the unknown. Awash in sun-kissed pastels and period-appropriate tracks from The Cure, Summer of 85, from acclaimed filmmaker Francois Ozon (Swimming Pool, 8 Women) is a sexy, nostalgic reverie of first love and its consequences – a romance in the key of Rimbaud that pulls apart the comforts of nostalgia in the heat of the present. (Dir. by Francois Ozon, 2020, France, in French with English subtitles, 101 mins., Not Rated)