Belgian director Laurent Micheli
presents his first feature film, produced by Stenola and Grenade, a
study into the uninhibited customs of the thirty-somethings of his time.
Léo is sleeping with Louis, Dahlia is sleeping with Graciano, Graciano
doesn’t know where he is in life, Arthur sleeps around, and Anna is
sleeping with Hugo. But one night, Hugo doesn’t wake up, and Anna begins
to mourn him by reconnecting with his body, abusing it, listening to
it, ignoring it and, finally, freeing it. All the characters cross paths
in the randomness of the Brussels night and then again in the
countryside. The season of love takes on a number of different forms.
The story, which begins in the nocturnal cold of Brussels’ cobblestones
in winter, migrates, with the coming of spring, to a rural lakeside,
before drawing to a close in the summer heat of the city’s secret
gardens. From a bar toilet, to the alcoves of a nightclub, from a sofa
bed, to a deserted beach, bodies intertwine and loves are lost, searched
for and are, sometimes, (re)discovered. The characters’ paths cross and
uncross, couples are made and unmade, experimenting with an
ever-evolving sexuality, searching for the kind of thills that make them
feel alive. Laurent Micheli makes note of his generation’s unease,
which, in an insecure society, is trying, in its own modest way, to
reinvent sex and love.
To successfully carry out this project, Micheli candidly dares to
present confronting sex scenes, far removed from the codified and
sanitised norms of the era. But far from being the object of pure
provocation, this sexual freedom, portrayed explicitly on the screen,
speaks of the director and represents Micheli’s formal freedom. As the
director comes from a theatrical background, he approaches his film with
sense of vibrancy, free from the cinematic language taught at school.
This freedom may carry the burden of awkwardness, but it injects real
freshness into the film and skilfully portrays the characters’
procrastination in their quest for meaning and freedom in their life.
Warning this film does contain some graphic heterosexual scenes.
|Cast:||Adriana Da Fonseca, Arnaud Bronsart, Gabriel Da Costa, Marie Denys, Séverine Porzio, Tristan Schotte|