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La Belle saison

Revolution is in the air in early 1970s France and two women’s blossoming relationship faces challenges beyond their control.

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Director Catherine Corsini
Producer Elisabeth Perez
Screenwriters Catherine Corsini, Laurette Polmanss
With Cécile De France, Izïa Higelin, Noémie Lvovsky
France 2015
105 mins
UK distribution Curzon Artificial Eye

It’s 1971 and country girl Delphine encounters metropolitan Carole during a feminist protest in Paris. The spark of attraction between them is undeniable. They embark on a passionate, all-consuming love affair until everything comes to a dramatic halt when Delphine is recalled back to her parent’s farm in the aftermath of her father’s stroke. Carole is left desolate in the city, unable to picture life without the younger woman. However, it’s not until she ventures into Delphine’s world that Carole realises how much she truly loves her, or what is at stake for the two of them when that love is tested by those closest to them. Pulled by the trappings of the past and the urge to throw herself full force to the delights of the future, Delphine is a woman caught between two very different worlds. Newcomer Higelin imbues Delphine with a steeliness that lies just beneath her guileless façade – the struggle to be her own person palpably explored throughout the drama. And De France’s impetuous Carole, all bold gestures and passionate declarations of love, is a perfect counterpoint to Delphine’s layered reserve. From vibrant scenes of civil unrest on the streets of Paris, to the lushly photographed rural landscape that make up the latter section of the film, Catherine Corsini has crafted a beautiful and sensual film about two women in love.

Emma Smart





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