From one of VFF’s favourite directors, François Ozon (Frantz, 8 Women, Swimming Pool), we bring you a lavish 1980s period piece – a bittersweet coming-of-age tale set on the coast of Normandy.
Loosely based on Aidan Chambers’s 1982 novel Dance on My Grave, the film centres around a fresh summer romance. The gloomy, working-class 16-year-old Alex (Félix Lefebvre), caught in a sudden thunderstorm on a sailboat, is rescued by the charming 18-year-old David (Benjamin Voisin). The boys immediately become best friends and lovers. For thrill-seeking and bourgeois David, coddled since birth by his eccentric mother (a hilarious Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi), it seems to be no more than a game… with dark consequences.
Bursting with colourful summer scenes and teeming with charismatic performances, Summer of 85 is an alluring throwback to Ozon’s early films such as Criminal Lovers and Swimming Pool. This is a perfectly breezy and sun-drenched coming-of-age love story that will remind you why we all love French cinema.