Summer of 85

Summer of 85
  • 2020
  • France / Belgium
  • 15
  • Directed by: François Ozon
  • Cast: Félix Lefebvre, Benjamin Voisin, Philippine Velge, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Melvil Poupaud, Isabelle Nanty

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Over one hot summer in 1985 naive teenager Alexis (Félix Lefebvre) falls deeply and dangerously in love with David (Benjamin Voisin).

The pair become inseparable on the beaches and dancefloors of sun-soaked Normandy. But devilish and spikey David sees himself as a free spirit and refuses to be tied down. How will Alexis respond when he realises he can’t have David all to himself?

Unabashedly queer, hotblooded and hormone-driven this is a welcome return to the preoccupations of director Francois Ozon’s early career. Featuring superb 80’s styling and music from Rod Stewart, Bananarama and The Cure.

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Summer of 85

19 Oct 20203 stars

François Ozon's queer coming-of-ager has some lovely details but is hard to get a handle on

Prolific French director François Ozon offers his own typically confounding twist on the queer coming-of-age romance in Summer of 85. It's an adaptation of the 1982 novel by British author Aidan Chambers, Dance on My Grave, considered a landmark of…

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