6.9/10 (IMDB)

Summer of 85

1h 41m Drama

Summer of 85

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.


François Ozon


Félix Lefebvre, Benjamin Voisin, Philippine Velge, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi


Not Rated






French, English

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  • "Here, the story and the characters' supposed naiveté and the almost-too-obvious stylistic flourishes aren't just nods to his younger, less-refined m.o. They are actually part of a master storyteller's tools to seduce a grown-up audience into considering how youngsters not only experience their own lives but also how they process and talk about them."
    - The Hollywood Reporter
  • "An intense and touching tale of first love set over a six-week period, SUMMER OF 85 blends the energy of youth with the curveballs of fate in a pleasant, keenly acted package that, despite a tragic core, will send all but the most strait-laced curmudgeon out of the cinema smiling."
    - Screen Daily
  • "For as prolific a filmmaker as Ozon continues to be, his occasional misses are far outweighed by his offbeat and insightful forays, particularly in the realm of sexuality — the best parts and the crazy-making parts. For audiences equally interested in his insights about loss and about love, there’s plenty to ponder in SUMMER OF ’85."
    - TheWrap


  • CinEuphoria Awards
  • Merlinka festival
  • Online Film Critics Society Awards


  • Toronto Int'l Film Festival
  • San Sebastián Int'l Film Festival
  • Chicago Int'l Film Festival
  • Philadelphia Int'l Film Festival
  • Stockholm Int'l Film Festival
  • Seattle Int'l Film Festival
  • Int'l Film Festival of Kerala
  • Rendez-Vous with French Cinema
  • Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival
  • Busan Inte'l Film Festival
  • Seoul Int'l Pride Film Festival
  • Newfest New York LGBT Film Festival
  • Rome Film Festival
  • and more...