Film Review: Catherine Corsini’s Summertime, Curzon Artificial Eye

Set in the summer of 1971, Catherine Corsini’s stirring drama offers an insight into the minds, spirits and hearts that powered one of France’s prime feminist eras. Beginning in the open farmland of Limousin, shots of Delphine helping her father in the fields introduce viewers to the timelessness and the remoteness of the French countryside.

Existing in stark contrast is city life and a fiery band of female protesters, amongst whom is Carole: a Parisian living with her liberal partner, Manuel. A chance encounter following Delphine’s impulsive escape from rural France sees the two leads become entangled in an irresistible romance and tale of self-discovery. Captured with a vibrancy that celebrates the riches of “la belle saison”, Corsini’s film intertwines political histories with the personal journeys of each protagonist.

Led by striking performances from Cécile de France and Izïa Higelin, Summertime rewards audiences through an astute layering of human experience, countering its darker themes with moments of happiness, humour and warmth.

Selina Oakes

Summertime is now out for home entertainment release courtesy of Curzon Artificial Eye.

1. Still from Catherine Corsini’s Summertime. Courtesy of Curzon Artificial Eye.