Summertime (2015 film)


Film poster
Directed by Catherine Corsini
Produced by Elisabeth Perez
Written by Catherine Corsini
Laurette Polmanss
Starring Cécile de France
Izïa Higelin
Noémie Lvovsky
Music by Grégoire Hetzel
Cinematography Jeanne Lapoirie
Edited by Frédéric Baillehaiche
Chaz Productions
France 3 Cinéma
Artémis Productions
Solaire Production
Distributed by Pyramide Distribution
Release dates
  • 6 August 2015 (2015-08-06) (Locarno)
  • 19 August 2015 (2015-08-19)


Running time
105 minutes
Country France
Language French
Budget €4.8 million[2]
Box office $2.2 million[3]

Summertime (original title: La Belle Saison) is a 2015 French-Belgian romantic drama film directed by Catherine Corsini, co-written with Laurette Polmanss. The film stars Cécile de France, Izïa Higelin and Noémie Lvovsky.[4] It premiered at the Locarno International Film Festival, where it won the Variety Piazza Grande Award.[5][6]


Set in 1971, Delphine (Higelin), the daughter of farmers in countryside France, decides to move to Paris in attempts to find her own life outside of her parents influence. After helping some feminists escape some trouble, she meets Carole (de France), who introduces her into helping their cause. Delphine introduces Carole into a whole other world as well.



Principal photography took place in Limousin and in Paris from 22 July to 16 September 2014.[4]


Muriel Del Don of Cineuropa writes "upbeat and majestic with tragic undertones", the film is a "real emotional odyssey in which passion seems to conquer all, even the most tenacious of prejudices".[7]

In a review for Variety, Peter Debruge called it a "luminous, golden-hued period piece" and a "beautifully realized tearjerker".[8]

Reviewing it for The Hollywood Reporter, Boyd van Hoeij said that "Though the narrative somewhat awkwardly morphs from a period drama about the French women's liberation movement in early 1970s to a more rural melodrama about being closeted and choosing between duty and family and personal happiness, the story is anchored by strong performances from Cécile de France and Izïa Higelin, who have a natural chemistry that’s not only credible but actually infectious."[9]


Award / Film Festival Category Recipients and nominees Result
César Awards[10] Best Actress Cécile de France Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Noémie Lvovsky Nominated
Locarno International Film Festival[6] Variety Piazza Grande Award Won
Lumières Awards[11] Best Film Nominated
Best Director Catherine Corsini Nominated
Best Actress Izïa Higelin Nominated
Best Screenplay Catherine Corsini and Laurette Polmanss Nominated
Best Music Grégoire Hetzel Won
Trophées du Film français[12] Duo cinéma Catherine Corsini and Élisabeth Perez Won


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