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Été 85 (Summer of 85)

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Été 85 (Summer of 85) Overview

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.

Directed by: François Ozon

Who Stars in Été 85 (Summer of 85)

Félix Lefebvre
Alexis Robin

Félix Lefebvre

Benjamin Voisin
David Gorman

Benjamin Voisin

Melvil Poupaud
Mr. Lefèvre

Melvil Poupaud

Isabelle Nanty
Madame Robin

Isabelle Nanty


Tout simplement noir Tout simplement noir
Un vrai bonhomme Un vrai bonhomme
La Bonne Épouse La Bonne Épouse
Les choses qu'on dit, les choses qu'on fait Les choses qu'on dit, les choses qu'on fait

Reviews for Été 85 (Summer of 85)

Author: SWITCH.

Francois Ozon's 'Summer of 85' is a bittersweet film, one that ultimately encourages its audience to embrace the joy and the heartache of first love, along with the ephemerality of having a life-changing presence in your life. - Jake Watt Read Jake's full article... https://www.maketheswitch.com.au/article/review-summer-of-85-a-refreshingly-nuanced-coming-of-age-story

Author: CinemaSerf

Félix Lefebvre (who reminded me, here, of a young Charlie Hunnam in "Queer as Folk" (1999)) is sixteen year old "Alex" who takes his friend's dinghy out for a sail and gets caught in a thunderstorm that capsizes his boat. Luckily for him, Benjamin Voisin ("David") is nearby and tows him ashore and into his mother's recuperative bathtub! The next six weeks are now depicted in a cleverly interwoven mix of current and recent storylines as we realise that a tragedy has occurred and that the two young men had something of a relationship during the intervening period. On the face of it - it's just a gay coming of age drama, but Levebvre has an intensity and innocence about him. His performance as the young man who falls so completely and utterly in love is heart-rending, sincere and stylishly captured by the photography - and must remind all of us of that first, inexplicable, "love" that we may well still recall to this day. To be fair, it is easy to see why he fell for the charismatic, exciting "David" - who offers him profound changes to his life, and to the rather linear options that most of us faced at 16 - job or school - but the story is more nuanced than that and though it is certainly not without some fairly substantial holes and inconsistencies, it sort of works. The Cure's "In Between Days" and an oddly effective "Sailing" from Rod Stewart provide a remarkably potent soundtrack that resonates not just the moment, but the sentiment too. Not, maybe, Ozon's finest work but I suspect we may see more roles from his young star in the future.

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Release Date

Original Language

1 hr 41 mins

$ 6,900,000.00 (Estimated)

$ 3,600,000.00 (USA)

($ 3,300,000.00) (Estimated in USA)

Romance Drama

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