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Lumière d’été

Jean Grémillon | 1943 | 112 MINS
France | Subtitles
French Film Festival UK

A shimmering glass hotel at the top of a remote Provençal mountain provides the setting for a tragi-comic tapestry about an obsessive love pentangle.

In Detail

Cri-Cri, a woman who gave up a glamorous life as a dancer in Paris to be with her lover, Patrice in the forbidding terrain of France's Provencal region. While running a gleaming hotel in the off-season, Cri-Cri plays host to vivid array of characters while lamenting the circumstances that got her there in the first place.

With the arrival of a pretty, Michele and her boorish painter beau, Roland, Cri-Cri's resentment boils over when the arrogant, Patrice starts taking an interest in Michele. The film was banned from cinemas for the duration of the Occupation for its dark portrayal of the hedonistic excesses of the ruling class. Today, it is often singled out as Jean Grémillon’s greatest achievement.

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