A Burning Hot Summer
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The latest searing drama from French master Garrel (Regular Lovers) loosely evokes Godard’s Contempt, as a once-happy marriage between a brooding painter (Louis Garrel) and his movie-star wife (Monica Bellucci) hits the rocks. When another young couple joins them on a Roman holiday, tensions and passions flare. With a score by the Velvet Underground’s John Cale, and the legendary Maurice Garrel in his final role.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 11
- Fresh: 6
- Rotten: 5
- Average Rating: 5.5/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Here and elsewhere you linger in moments that, like memories and dreams, can feel severed from storybook time.
Fresh: Although Angele's religious faith and Frederic's belief in luck seem like strained attempts at adding heft to the material, the film nevertheless works up a potent dramatic restlessness...
Rotten: This existential-romantic roundelay barely simmers, and certainly doesn't scorch.
Rotten: While I have to acknowledge Garrel's skill, the film, which actually has its compelling moments, falls somewhat flat.
Could it have been slower? I doubt it. Pretentious, poor writing, and heavy, slow direction.