"Here is the comeback we’ve been wanting from Breillat: confronts the complicated, impulsive and all-too-often-regrettable choices humans make when desire takes control." - Peter Debruge, Variety

"By Breillat’s standards, this is an unprecedentedly sleek commercial play, alluring and grabby — yet with an innate, considered nastiness, an unspoken intellectualisation of our least explicable instincts, that never feels compromised." - Guy Lodge, Film of the Week

With her first film in a decade, the fearless French auteur Catherine Breillat (FAT GIRL) proves she’s as provocative as ever with her Cannes-stirring LAST SUMMER, which boldly surveys power dynamics, female desire, and fulfillment. A nuanced, radiant Léa Drucker plays Anne, an attorney who has plateaued in her marriage to Pierre, a distracted businessman. His troubled, teenaged son Theo (Samuel Kircher), from a previous marriage, has recently returned to Pierre’s ineffectual and despondent care. When Pierre leaves town for a business trip, Anne and Théo find themselves in the throes of an unexpected and dangerous affair, threatening the stability of the household. Film Center exclusive. Additional showtimes to be added for July 26–August 1.


Awards & Nominations

Nominee - Palme d'Or, Cannes Film Festival 
Nominee - Best Actress (Léa Drucker), Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay,, Most Promising Actor (Samuel Kircher), César Awards


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