SUMMERTIME (La belle saison)
Catherine Corsini, 2015, France, 105 min
Sponsored by JPMorgan Chase & Co.
“You’ve changed. More Parisian, maybe.” So says Antoine after Delphine returns for the summer to help her mother run the farm when her father has a stroke. Delphine had been in Paris attending the university, a bastion of feminism and change in the early ‘70s. She immersed herself in all of it and in the arms of the beautiful Carole. Carole visits for the summer and the women revel in their time together. Their lives are consumed with work, sex, discovery, and love shrouded in the obligations of family and the confines of culture. Delphine loves Carole and she loves her family and the farm. To Delphine, loving a woman is a bold, feminist statement. Isn’t working a farm without a man equally as bold? Director Catherine Corsini creates a beautifully sensuous story with a compelling look at the personal struggle that progress demands of women. Feminism has its price. Being true to yourself, pays that price. Looking back is not turning back. It is just a reminder of the stakes as we move forward. (Sunny Hall)
In French with English subtitles.