Review: François Ozon’s ‘Summer of 85’

There’s great potential in François Ozon’s latest work about the perils of first love, Summer of 85, an adaptation of Aidan Chambers’ 1982 novel Dance on My Grave. Unfortunately, the film fails to explore its rich ideas fully, and its narrative structure that uses flashbacks, while clever, is ultimately detrimental. However, Summer of 85’s centrality of a first-love, same-sex experience and lack of pretension makes it a worthy and more approachable companion to recent films of a similar ilk (Call Me by Your Name, A Single Man). A chilling narration from the dirty blonde Alexis (an innocuous Félix Lefebvre) informs viewers that this story, circa 1985, will end with “a corpse.” Preparing for a trial regarding the dead bod
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