Reviews

Summer Things

3

Frisky dogs, the French. At least that's the impression you get from Michel Blanc's bawdy adap of Joseph Connolly's novel, in which the middle classes get up to mischief. Adultery, bondage and shifty blow jobs are its surface attractions. Wish you were there? Maybe, but the emotions explored make this more than a sex romp. Anxieties, jealousies, frustrated love and, erm, premature ejaculation provide the reasons why, as Charlotte Rampling puts it, ""Our lives don't turn out like our dreams"".

It all gets a bit cluttered, but otherwise Blanc's take on the tough negotiations of coupledom and desire is beautifully acted: a tragi-comic exploration of sexual errors.

Film Details

  • 15
  • UK Theatrical Release Date: July 1st 2004