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Summer of 85

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Overview

When Alexis (Félix Lefebvre) capsizes off the coast of Normandy, David (Benjamin Voisin) comes to the rescue and soon opens the younger boy’s eyes to a new horizon of friendship, art, and sexual bliss. David’s worldly demeanor and Jewish heritage deliver an ardent jolt to Alexis’s traditional, working-class upbringing. After Alexis begins working at the seaside shop owned by David’s mother (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi), the two lovers steal every possible moment for a fugitive kiss, a motorcycle ride, or a trip to the cinema. Their relationship is soon rocked by a host of challenges, including an unexpected sexual rival (Philippine Velge) and a romantic oath that transcends life itself. 

Adapted by François Ozon from Aidan Chambers’s groundbreaking LGBT young adult novel Dance on My Grave, Summer of 85 is a sexy, nostalgic reverie of first love and its consequences from one of France’s most versatile filmmakers. Their summer fling lasts just six weeks, but casts a shadow over a lifetime.

Reactions, Awards & Festivals

2020 Cannes Film Festival, Official Selection
2020 Toronto International Film Festival, Special Presentations
2020 San Sebastián International Film Festival - Official Selection

Cast & Crew
  • Alexis Robin : Félix Lefebvre
  • David Gorman : Benjamin Voisin
  • Kate : Philippine Velge
  • Mme Gorman : Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
  • M. Lefèvre : Melvil Poupaud
  • Mme Robin : Isabelle Nanty
  • M. Robin : Laurent Fernandez
  • Directed by : François Ozon
  • Written by : François Ozon
  • Based on the novel by : Aidan Chambers
  • Produced by : Eric Altmayer, Nicolas Altmayer
  • Music by : Jean-Benoît Dunckel
  • Director of Photography : Hichame Alaouie
  • Film Editing by : Laure Gardette
  • Production Design by : Benoît Barouh
  • Set Decoration by : Frédéric Delrue
  • Costume Design by : Pascaline Chavanne
  • Key Makeup Artist : Nathalie Tabareau
  • Additional Makeup by : Stéphanie Caron
Technical Info
  • Year : 2020
  • Release Date : 6/18/2021
  • Country : France
  • Language : In French with English subtitles
  • Running Time : 100 minutes
  • Aspect Ratio : 1.85
  • Projection Format : DCP
  • Rating : Not Rated
  • Genre : Drama
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06/18/2021
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06/18/2021
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06/18/2021
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06/18/2021
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06/18/2021
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06/18/2021
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New York
06/18/2021
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06/18/2021
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06/18/2021
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06/22/2021
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06/25/2021
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06/25/2021
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06/25/2021
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06/25/2021
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06/25/2021
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06/25/2021
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06/25/2021
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06/25/2021
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07/01/2021
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07/02/2021
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07/02/2021
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07/02/2021
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07/02/2021
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07/02/2021
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07/02/2021
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07/02/2021
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07/07/2021
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New York
07/09/2021
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07/09/2021
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07/09/2021
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07/09/2021
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07/09/2021
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Delaware
07/09/2021
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Arizona
07/09/2021
Fort Lauderdale
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07/16/2021
Oklahoma City
Oklahoma
07/16/2021
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Illinois
07/16/2021
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07/16/2021
Boca Raton
Florida
07/16/2021
Pelham
New York
07/16/2021
Winston-Salem
North Carolina
07/16/2021
Coral Gables
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07/16/2021
Louisville
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07/23/2021