Summer Things

Summer Things (French: Embrassez qui vous voudrez; Italian: Baciate chi vi pare) is a 2002 French-Italian-British romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Michel Blanc based on the 1998 novel of the same name by Joseph Connolly.

Summer Things
French release poster
Directed byMichel Blanc
Produced byYves Marmion
Written byMichel Blanc
Based onSummer Things
by Joseph Connolly
Music byMark Russell
CinematographySean Bobbitt
Edited byMaryline Monthieux
Mercury Film Productions
Dan Films
Alia Film
France 2 Cinéma
Distributed byUGC Fox Distribution (France)
Release date
  • 9 October 2002 (2002-10-09)
Running time
103 minutes[1]
United Kingdom
Budget€11.4 million
Box office$11.5 million[2]

The film was released to critical acclaim. 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.


Critical response

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 100%, based on 5 reviews, with an average rating of 7.4/10.[3]


Award / Film Festival Category Recipients and nominees Result
César Awards Best Supporting Actor Denis Podalydès Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Karin Viard Won
Best Writing Michel Blanc Nominated
Most Promising Actor Gaspard Ulliel Nominated
Lumières Awards Most Promising Actor Gaspard Ulliel Won


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