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22nd Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival

The Summer House

I villeggianti aka Les estivants

2018, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Italy/France, 123 min.
Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Valeria Golino

Show Times

  • Sun, Mar 24th 3:00pm
  • Wed, Mar 27th 7:45pm

Multi-hyphenate, multi-national Bruni Tedeschi (IT'S EASIER FOR A CAMEL.., A CASTLE IN ITALY) once again draws upon her own life, family, and friends to fashion a breezy mélange of moods and plotlines reflecting her background in the moneyed and movie worlds. She plays a filmmaker, much like herself, who is dumped by her boyfriend (much like her own onetime beau, Louis Garrel) and repairs to her family's villa on the Riviera, haunted by the memory--and occasional ghostly appearance--of her recently deceased brother (need you ask?). Sometimes farcical, sometimes painful, the film juggles a large and talented cast (including Valeria Golino, Pierre Arditi, Riccardo Scarmarcio, Noémie Lvovsky, and Yolande Moreau, plus amusing cameos by Vincent Perez, Xavier Beauvois, and--no kidding--Frederick Wiseman), but at the heart of it all is a candid confrontation of the tangled relationship between movies, fantasy, and autobiography. In French and Italian with English subtitles. DCP digital. Courtesy of Playtime. (MR)

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