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France | 2015 | 105 minutes | Catherine Corsini

A luminous lesbian romance begins in 1971 France when a young farm girl moves to Paris and becomes smitten with a charismatic radical feminist, only to discover that their love is not as easy, nor as accepted, when they return to the countryside.

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It's 1971. Delphine (Izïa Higelin, Samba), the 20-something only child of Limousin farmers, is uninterested in local boys, having discovered her sexuality at a young age amid the conservative and male-dominated world of her upbringing. But when her secret love affair collapses, Delphine moves to Paris for a change of pace and is soon drawn to a women's-liberation movement headed by the dynamic Spanish teacher and militant Carole (Cécile de France from Cédric Klapisch's "Spanish Apartment" trilogy). While disrupting public meetings and radio shows in the name of feminism, Delphine and Carole become a couple, despite protestations from Carole's so-called progressive boyfriend Manuel (Benjamin Bellecour, "Les invincibles"). Suddenly Delphine's father suffers a stroke, forcing Delphine to return south and help her mother with the family farm. But Carole insists on accompanying her lover, and the two must confront the ramifications of their forbidden relationship in a world slow to accept social change. Director Catherine Corsini's 10th film (who could ever forget 2001's similarly themed Emmanuelle Béart vehicle Replay?) relishes in its restrained period details and political hindsight, lifting a recognizable narrative into a fascinating, compassionate romance and boasting in its two central performances (both women received César Award nominations) some of the finest, most deeply felt of any film this year.

Director Biography
Catherine Corsini is a French film director, screenwriter, and actress, known for The New Eve (1999), Replay (2001), and Three Worlds (2012), which competed in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

Sponsored by Alliance Française de Seattle, French American Cultural Society, French Immersion School of Washington, The French American School of Puget Sound, TV5MONDE, Seattle - Nantes Sister City Association

  • Original Language Title: La Belle Saison
  • Director: Catherine Corsini
  • Principal Cast: Cécile de France, Izïa Higelin, Noémie Lvovsky, Kévin Azaïs, Benjamin Bellecour
  • Country: France
  • Year: 2015
  • Running Time: 105 minutes
  • Producer: Elisabeth Perez
  • Screenplay: Catherine Corsini, Laurette Polmanss
  • Cinematographers: Jeanne Lapoirie
  • Editors: Frédéric Baillehaiche
  • Music: Grégoire Hetzel
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: César Awards 2016 (Best Actress Nominee), Locarno International Film Festival 2015 (Piazza Grande Award), Lumières Awards 2016 (Best Music)
  • Filmography: Three Worlds (2012); Leaving (2009); Ambitious (2006); The Very Merry Widows (2003); Replay (2001); The New Eve (1998); Les Amoureux (1993);Poker (1987)
  • Language: French
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Strand Releasing
  • International Sales: Pyramide International