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  • Actors: Charlotte Rampling, Jacques Dutronc, Carole Bouquet, Michel Blanc, Karin Viard
  • Directors: Michel Blanc
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Widescreen, Subtitled
  • Language: French, English, German, Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Jun. 2007
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001EEDFDU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,291 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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An unforgettable trip for everyone, Summer Things is a hilarious blend of small-town snobbery, insatiable lust and infidelity. When Elizabeth's wayward husband Bertrand finds every excuse to stay at home in Paris with his mistress, Elizabeth invites friend Julie on holiday instead; a single mother desperate for holiday romance, but with a screaming baby in tow. On the other side of town their hard-up neighbours, Vero, Jerome and Loic, are roughing it at a nearby caravan park and hating every minute. meanwhile enjoying life stateside Elizabeth and Bertrand's nymphomaniac daughter, Emilie, is partying with boyfriend Kevin, unaware that he's embezzled the money from her father's firm to pay for the trip......The scene is set for a farce of outrageous proportions, involving bed-swapping, mistaken identity, suicide bids, passionate affairs and rampant testosterone....but whatever difficulties the holiday makers get into, they make sure it never gets in the way of their constant pursuit of pleasure.

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'Summer Things' is witty, very sexy, thought provoking, smart and sizzles in every way. Packed with so many interesting ingredients it can't fail to be enjoyable - and it doesn't. It's an entertaining look at life, love, lust and infidelity in a wonderfully absurd and hilarious farce of epic proportions - and it all begins when rich housewife Elizabeth (Charlotte Rampling) takes a summer holiday that proves to be unforgettable for all concerned...

When her unfaithful husband Bertrand (Jacques Dutronc) makes excuses to stay in Paris to enjoy an ongoing affair with transsexual Rena, Elizabeth sets off for her vacation at an upmarket seaside resort taking friend Julie for company. Single mother Julie (Clotilde Courau) has her own ideas on how to enjoy the break - desperate for a steamy holiday romance she's in no mood to allow her screaming baby or their hard-up neighbours (who just happen to be roughing it in a nearby trailer park) dampen her enthusiasm for some passion. Spicing things up further, other guests at Elizabeth's posh hotel who become entangled in the frantic goings on are depressed jealous husband Jean-Pierre (played by Director Michel Blanc), his exasperated wife Lulu (Carole Bouquet) and serial womaniser Maxime (Vincent Elbaz). Hormonal antics are also taking place in Chicago where Elizabeth and Bertrand's promiscuous teenage daughter Emilie (Lou Doillon) parties wildly with boyfriend Kevin who is paying for their fun with money embezzled from Bertrand's firm. Did I mention the word farce? The crazier it becomes just adds to the enjoyment because no matter how complex things get, this wild bunch of holidaymakers wont let anything get in their way of their constant search for pleasure...

Blanc cleverly links the various story lines.
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Having known nothing about this film I took a chance and bought it secondhand because the box looked amusing, to be honest I wish I had bought it new for it was such a funny film that I know I will want to watch it over again. I love french films and am slowly building my collection. The thing I love about these types of movies is you can never get bored of them because there is always something going on which you can pick up again on another viewing. There is nothing bad about this production, the scenes are cleverly intertwined and the acting is superb, a would almost go as far as to say there is a laugh a minute!
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An amusing film in which Charlotte Rampling (as usual) steals the show. Most characters are caricatures, and as such, the actors are quite good. It is a full-blown farce, sort of "over-the-top", exaggerated in just about every scene. As such it is quite good and yes, it is funny and moving at the same time, though not at all credible.

Nice entertainment if you accept the "farce" premise and go along for the ride. Rampling alone is worth the ticket price.
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Summer Things/Embrassez Quiz Vous Voudrez is one of those films that probably shouldn't really work but does. Based on a British novel by Joseph Connolly following various middle class characters (upwardly and downwardly mobile) on a holiday that takes in various affairs, jealousies and suicide attempts, it's a light confection that works surprisingly well, not least because people DON'T do the right thing (when estate agent Jacques Dutronc finds out an employee has reduced the price on a desperately short of cash friend's house for a backhander, he does nothing to rectify the situation). Much of what happens is fairly predictable, with the exception of Charlotte Rampling keeping her clothes on for once, but the performances are strong and Michel Blanc's direction keeps it all on track. Nothing profound, but surprisingly likeable.

Extras are fairly light - just a trailer and a photo montage with an audio essay by the director.
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This film is a great romp - a tornado of French holiday events with the typically frayed emotions. There are quite a few stories and sub-plots going on here - some bitter, some sweet, some tragic. Charlotte Rampling plays it incredibly straight with a sparkle in her eyes; she role is that of giving us not only a narrative but also shaping it, from an acting point of view that requires a great deal of delicacy and verve. Having said that, the other parts are played tremendously well Karin Viard plays the incredibly frenetic Veronique, whose emotional needs take precedence over everyone else's (in watching the extra bits on the DVD, there were parts which found incredibly hard to play - such is Veronique's complexity - but she shines through like a massive super-nova). Then you have Jacques Dutronc playing Bertrand at the beginning of his twilight years but who decides to experiment with what remains of his life. The film may well be a romp but there is some incredibly powerful but funny stuff going on here.
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I purchased this simply because it has Gaspard Ulliel in, although he is not in it very much it's still a brilliant film. Because i don't speak French i had to have subtitles on but that didn't change my viewing experience. I watch this movie all the time and would recommend it to anyone who likes romances with twists :)
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