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A Burning Hot Summer
Loosely evoking Godard's Contempt, A Burning Hot Summer examines the once-happy marriage between brooding painter Frédéric (Louis Garrel) and his movie-star wife Angèle (Bellucci) as it hits the rocks. When another young couple-actors Paul (Jérôme Robart) and Elisabeth (Céline Sallette)-joins them on a Roman holiday, tensions and passions flare. The film features a score by the Velvet Underground's John Cale, with the legendary Maurice Garrel (the director's father) in his final role. -- (C) IFC

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 55%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"While I have to acknowledge Garrel's skill, the film, which actually has its compelling moments, falls somewhat flat."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"There are spirited moments, notably Angèle's torrid dance with another man at a party. But the film's observations are surprisingly retrograde, even absurd."
‑ Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post
"I have never seen a Garrel film untouched by grace, and A Burning Hot Summer is no exception."
‑ Kent Jones, Film Comment Magazine
"Garrel's work is indebted to silent cinema style, but his recent films have shown a real flair for dialogue too."
‑ Drew Hunt, Chicago Reader
"Here and elsewhere you linger in moments that, like memories and dreams, can feel severed from storybook time."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"The Louis Garrel character's mixture of self-containment and alleged possessiveness over his wife fails to convince, if not to irritate."
‑ Ela Bittencourt, Slant Magazine
""A Burning Hot Summer" failed to persuade me of any reason for its existence."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A Burning Hot Summer wisely knows when and how to surgically slice directly to the bone. It's a bad romance of the highest order."
‑ Eric Hynes, Time Out New York
"Though shot in swanky color, the film retains the alternately trying and invigorating starkness of the director's recent, black-and-white efforts."
‑ Fernando F. Croce, House Next Door
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