Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Une Robe D'Été / A Summer Dress (O Vestido de Praia)



"Luc (Frédéric Mangenot) spends his holiday at the sea with his slightly older and decidedly more effeminate boyfriend Sébastien (Sébastien Charles). At the house they have rented, Sébastien's dancing and preening frustrates Luc, who rebukes him that the neighbors might see. Irritated, Luc goes off on his bicycle to the beach, hoping to find some solitude.
On the beach Luc is finally alone and goes skinny dipping. Afterward, he sunbathes in the nude, and then he meets Lucia (Lucia Sanchez), a Spanish tourist about his age, who, after some flirtatious conversation invites Luc to accompany her into the nearby wood for a tryst. Luc, though somewhat bashful, obliges with little hesitation. After having sex, Lucia learns that Luc is erotically involved with Sébastien and has never been with a woman.
The two return to the beach to find that Luc's clothes have been stolen. Lucia lends Luc her summer dress so that he won't have to return home completely naked. Wearing a woman's dress improves Luc's mood as a car honks its horn after him on the ride back. He returns to the cabin with a smile and a renewed sense of freedom. Luc surprises Sébastien on entering, and, after a few amused remarks about the dress (Luc flirtatiously refers to himself as a "beautiful girl), the two have passionate sex in the kitchen. The dress is partially torn in the act.
The next day, Luc mends the summer dress and brings it back to Lucia, who is just leaving, but she refuses to accept it, coyly suggesting that it may come in handy in the future. She kisses Luc goodbye, and the final frame shows Luc watching her depart, the dress wrapped around his neck and fluttering in the sea breeze."

"François Ozon é um dos cineastas franceses mais ousados e inventivos. Com apenas 34 anos e mais de 20 filmes na carreira, entre curtas e longas-metragens, ele é capaz de despertar sentimentos opostos como fascínio e repulsa. Seu trabalho é uma rara combinação de humor, sensibilidade e provocação psicológica. Ele criou um universo próprio que serve de cenário para uma análise debochada da sociedade. O assunto predominante é a sexualidade. Mas temas como incesto, suicídio, assassinato, sadomasoquismo e voyerismo também são protagonistas numa obra, acima de tudo, polêmica. Mas isto não prejudicou a aceitação de Ozon. No início da carreira vários de seus curtas-metragens ganharam prêmios em diversos festivais da Europa como `Une robe d`été / A summer Dress` que recebeu o `Léopard de Demain` no Festival de Locarno. Seus longas-metragens também conquistaram o público francês (`8 Mulheres`, seu último filme, teve 4 milhões de espectadores, um número excepcional para a França) e foram premiados nos principais festivais de cinema do mundo."

Fonte: Site oficial www.francois-ozon.com, Wikipedia and Sapo Videos - PT.

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