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Sexy, funny and heart warming - it's not just the weather that's hot.
on 24 May 2006
'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. Well acted by an impressive cast, `Summer Things' succeeds as a witty farce of mistaken identities, amorous (mis) adventures and emotional deceit. Beneath the sexual frivolity, dark humour, unearthing of family secrets, snappy lines and farcical encounters the film has an appealingly melancholic heart. Sharp with plenty of frolics and fun `Summer Things' has depth and is well worth the trip.