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  • Summary: On a burning summer’s night, a sports car crashes headlong into a tree. The previous year, Paul meets and befriends the painter Frédéric through a mutual friend. Frédéric is deeply in love with the actress Angèle. Paul watches that love turn into a dangerous obsession that will threaten hisOn a burning summer’s night, a sports car crashes headlong into a tree. The previous year, Paul meets and befriends the painter Frédéric through a mutual friend. Frédéric is deeply in love with the actress Angèle. Paul watches that love turn into a dangerous obsession that will threaten his friend's sanity and future. (IFC Film) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    Jun 26, 2012
    80
    There are subtler, more allusive films about stormy conflicts of the heart, but A Burning Hot Summer wisely knows when and how to surgically slice directly to the bone. It's a bad romance of the highest order.
  2. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Jun 28, 2012
    80
    In A Burning Hot Summer (a pulpy title that sounds better in the original, "Un Été Brûlant), two men fall into friendship, and while little happens, everything is at stake.
  3. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Jun 26, 2012
    70
    Although Angèle's religious faith and Frédéric's belief in luck seem like strained attempts at adding heft to the material, the film nevertheless works up a potent dramatic restlessness, derived from the push-pull between an entitled, obsessive Frédéric and Bellucci's quietly chaotic Angèle.
  4. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Jul 11, 2012
    50
    A Burning Hot Summer failed to persuade me of any reason for its existence.
  5. Reviewed by: Ela Bittencourt
    Jun 26, 2012
    50
    The Louis Garrel character's mixture of self-containment and alleged possessiveness over his wife fails to convince, if not to irritate.
  6. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Jun 29, 2012
    38
    It's apt that the Rome weather in this stodgy film, contrary to the title, seems quite temperate.
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