Summer Things

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Embrassez qui vous voudrez
Summer Things
Directed by Michel Blanc
Written by Michel Blanc
Joseph Connolly
Starring Charlotte Rampling
Jacques Dutronc
Carole Bouquet
Music by Mark Russell
Cinematography Sean Bobbitt
Edited by Maryline Monthieux
Release dates
  • 9 October 2002 (2002-10-09)
Running time
103 minutes
Country France
Language French
Budget $11,430,000
Box office $16,788,234[1]

Summer Things (French: Embrassez qui vous voudrez; Italian: Baciate chi vi pare) is a 2002 French-Italian-British film directed by Michel Blanc based on the novel of the same name by Joseph Connolly. Karin Viard won the César Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Véronique.


Elizabeth and Bertrand are typical representatives of Parisian society. Behind the facade of a perfect marriage is dissatisfaction and boredom. He is a successful real estate agent having fun with much younger women or men behind the back of his wife. She suffers under the crushing uneventful life of a housewife and looks forward to a family holiday with daughter Emily. Bertrand backs out at the last minute and sends in his place Julie, Elizabeth's best friend and his former lover. He is free for a new love affair in Paris. The neighbors, Véro and Jérôme have very different problems. Jérôme is unemployed and collects gas meters. He hides his feelings of failure from Véro and son Loic. Since Véro wants to keep up with the neighbors, both families end up in the same resort. Numerous mistakes, misunderstandings and surprises are inevitable.



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