Not so good for me because I have a lot, a whole lot, to say about this wonderful and moving motion-picture. I wanna go off with the superlatives! Slap all my social sentiments on the blu-ray case. Alas. I'm forced to keep it brief for now. First, I'll just go on and tell you the plot-stuff: Alexis (Félix Lefebvre) meets cute David (Benjamin Voisin) when a storm almost washes him out to sea. The two immediately hit it off, and friendship quick turns to more than friendship. But this being an Ozon movie romance is never far from tragedy, and the boys' happy ending is anything but assured. Love is real complicated in Ozon-land.
Anyway, as you can see, I want to get into it, but I'll save it all for 2021. Summer of 85 is very much worth snatching up a ticket to here at NewFest, although I'll admit I'd have loved to have seen Ozon's gorgeously filmed French shorelines on a big screen, and I very much hope that will be a possibility next year with its proper release. It's not the non-stop sun-dappled fantasy that Guadagnino's film was, but Ozon purposefully flirts with that sensation in a couple of exquisite passages, and the film casts a spell or two of its own. Very much worth seeing, and very much worth talking about... eventually. (Watch the trailer here.)