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Summer of 85

Country: France, Language: French, 100 mins

Original Title

Été 85
  • Director: François Ozon
  • Writer: François Ozon; Aidan Chambers
  • Producer: Eric Altmayer; Nicolas Altmayer

CGiii Comment

From Southend to Le Tréport, Seine-Maritime...Aidan Chambers' 1982 YA novel has been de-anglicised and none other than François Ozon.

Nominated for a bamboozling [and incredulous] 12 César Awards - 2020 certainly was a rum year for film, if this managed to garner so many [important] nominations.

I'm going to pause this review. The book has been sitting on a shelf...unread, for years. It's time to read it...because, if the book is as bad as the film...well, they do say the book is always better [than the film]...let this not be an exception! Fingers-crossed!



The(ir) Blurb...

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.

Cast & Characters

Valeria Bruni Tedeschi as Mme Gorman
Melvil Poupaud as M. Lefèvre
Isabelle Nanty
Benjamin Voisin
Félix Lefebvre
Samuel Brafman-Moutier as Le Gendre
Philippine Velge as Kate
Aurore Broutin as L'éducatrice
Philippine Veerman