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LAST SUMMER

  • Dir. Catherine Breillat
  • France
  • 2023
  • 104 min.
  • NR
  • DCP

In French with English subtitles

  • Assistive Listening
  • Subtitled
  • Hearing Loop
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 and radiant Léa Drucker plays Anne, an attorney who has plateaued in her marriage to Pierre (Olivier Rabourdin), a distracted businessman. His son, troubled 17-year-old, Theo (Samuel Kircher), 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.

“A movie that defies moral boundaries and narrative conventions.” —Jordan Mintzer, Hollywood Reporter

“Breillat’s sharp writing and even sharper camera make for a cinematic challenge, a cinematic gem.” —Drew Gregory, Autostraddle

“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

“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

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