Catherine Breillat's L'Été Dernier: a family heartbreak in cinemas - Reviews and trailer

Published by Anna de B., Julie de Sortiraparis, Nathanaël de Sortiraparis · Published on September 11th, 2023 at 09:43 a.m.
A remake of May el-Toukhy's 2019 Danish film Dronningen (Queen of Hearts), L'Été Dernier explores the tensions and passions of a blended family. Scheduled for release on September 13, 2023.

With Catherine Breillat, difficult, even controversial themes are always to be expected, and L'Été Dernier is no exception. This feature-length film is a veritable plunge into provocative, erotic intimacy, set against the backdrop of a family scandal. In theaters September 13.

L'été dernier trailer

The film features a prestigious cast: Léa Drucker as Anne, a renowned lawyer specializing in the defense of abused minors, Olivier Rabourdin as her disillusioned husband, and Clotilde Courau as Anne's sister. Above all, L'Été Dernier is the forbidden tale of a story bordering on incest. A mother-in-law and her 17-year-old son-in-law(Samuel Kircher) fall in love with each other, resulting in a taboo and shameful passion . This family drama , which takes on a thriller feel as the film progresses, depicts a real family tear.

The sublime performances of Léa Drucker andOlivier Rabourdin are to be commended, giving the film real spellbinding substance. They highlight characters who are both overwhelmed by their emotions, trying to remain unruffled, and straddling the fence of propriety, at the cost of accepting the crushing weight of a half-confessed secret. What are we prepared to accept for love? This is the film's central theme.

Although L'Été Dernier proves to be a cinematic success, there are a few clumsinesses. The passion of love may seem a little artificial, so quickly is it imposed on the viewer. On the other hand, the numerous sexual scenes create a disturbing feeling, but this is also where Catherine Breillat 's signature lies: filming what you wouldn't want to see.

From L'Été Dernier, we'll remember the director's return to power and the accuracy of her camerawork, exploring the soul and flesh of femininity right down to the smallest shots.

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Starts September 13th, 2023

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