Last Summer

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


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
Drama, Romance, French Cinema, Women and Film
Catherine Breillat
Catherine Breillat, Pascal Bonitzer
Léa Drucker, Samuel Kircher, Olivier Rabourdin, Clotilde Courau, Serena Hu, Angela Chen

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