Last Summer

Breillat’s sharp writing and even sharper camera make for a cinematic challenge, a cinematic gem.

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Last Summer

With her first film in a decade, the fearless 75-year-old French auteur Catherine Breillat (Fat Girl, The Last Mistress) proves she’s as provocative as ever with her Cannes-stirring film, which drives down the dark road of uncontrollable passion. A remarkably nuanced, radiant Léa Drucker plays Anne, an attorney who has plateaued in her marriage to Pierre, a distracted businessman. His son, troubled seventeen-year-old Theo, from a previous marriage, has recently returned to Pierre’s ineffectual and despondent care. When Pierre leaves town for a business trip, Anne and Théo — confined under the same roof for the first time — find themselves in the throes of an unexpected and dangerously lustful affair, threatening the stability of the household. Music by Kim Gordon heightens the erotic tension of LAST SUMMER, a film that boldly surveys power dynamics, female desire, and fulfillment.

"By Breillat’s standards, this is an unprecedentedly sleek commercial play, alluring and grabby — yet with an innate, considered nastiness, an unspoken intellectualisation of our least explicable instincts, that never feels compromised." - Guy Lodge, Film of the Week

"Here, after a nearly two-decade dry spell, is the comeback we’ve been wanting from Breillat: a film... that confronts the complicated, impulsive and all-too-often-regrettable choices humans make when desire takes control." - Peter Debruge, Variety
Not Rated
Genre
Drama, Romance, French Cinema, Women and Film
Runtime
104
Language
French
Director
Catherine Breillat
Writer(s)
Catherine Breillat, Pascal Bonitzer
Cast
Léa Drucker, Samuel Kircher, Olivier Rabourdin, Clotilde Courau, Serena Hu, Angela Chen

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