LAST SUMMER (NYFF 2023) – Review by Margaret Barton Fumo

Rife with tension, ambiguous morals and sexual taboos, Catherine Breillat is back with her first film in a decade, the unexpectedly thrilling Last Summer. The film occupies familiar territory for Breillat–that of doomed relationships–with a focus on Anne, a successful lawyer in her early fifties who engages in a torrid affair with her 17-year-old stepson Théo. And while culturally, things are indeed “different in France,” (Théo drinks alcohol legally and has been smoking with his parents since the age of 12, for example), Breillat treats their relationship as something far more damaging than a mere sexual indiscretion.

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TWO OF US – Review by Diane Carson

Filippo Meneghetti has crafted an elegant, sophisticated narrative in Two of Us. In contrast to lesbian stories centering on young women, co-writers Meneghetti and Malysone Bovorasmy present two widows, Mado and Nina, both in their seventies. They’ve been lovers for two decades, but secretly because of Mado’s fear of her daughter Anne’s and son Frederic’s reactions.

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TWO OF US – Review by Susan Wloszczyna

Filippo Meneghetti rarely takes a wrong emotional turn with this story of long-time female lovers who are able to keep their relationship on the down-low given their living circumstances. The sweet-natured widow Madeline (Martine Chevallier) is able to hide the fact that she and the much more brazen and younger Nina are a couple since they dwell in adjacent domiciles on the top floor of an apartment building.

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