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A Burning Hot Summer

When painter Frederic and his Italian actress wife, Angele, invite Paul and his new girlfriend, Elisabeth, to live with them in Rome, their relationships become tangled as desire, infidelity and jealousy intrude.
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Netflix Rating: 2.5
Rotten Tomatoes: Rotten 50%
Critics' score: 50   Audience score: 24   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

While I have to acknowledge Garrel's skill, the film, which actually has its compelling moments, falls somewhat flat. full review

Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle

Garrel's work is indebted to silent cinema style, but his recent films have shown a real flair for dialogue too. full review

Drew Hunt, Chicago Reader

"A Burning Hot Summer" failed to persuade me of any reason for its existence. full review

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

There are spirited moments, notably Angele's torrid dance with another man at a party. But the film's observations are surprisingly retrograde, even absurd. full review

Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post

Here and elsewhere you linger in moments that, like memories and dreams, can feel severed from storybook time. full review

Manohla Dargis, New York Times

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... full review

Nick Schager, Village Voice

This existential-romantic roundelay barely simmers, and certainly doesn't scorch. full review

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  • Release Year: 2011
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Runtime: 95 min
  • Available From: Nov 14, 2012
  • Queued by: 217 people
Directed By
Philippe Garrel
Cast
Monica Bellucci, Louis Garrel, Céline Sallette, Jérôme Robart, Vladislav Galard, Vincent Macaigne, Maurice Garrel
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