A SUMMER LOVE

63 min, Documentary, Quebec, Canada, 2015
Directed byJean-François Lesage
Produced byJean-François Lesage
LanguageFrench/English
Short descriptionA portrait of lovers at night, in the summer of the Mont-Royal park in Montreal.
Film subjects Society Themed Films
Regis du cinemas, general

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Press reviews

The digital generation obviously has a lot to think and talk about concerning relationships and romantic dramas. The neon lights show them the way through a nocturnal nature, into the uncertain future of adulthood. Watching this is a sensuous experience. Zaza Rusadze, Dok Leipzig 2015

Film details

Synopsis
It’s summer in Montreal and everyone is in love… except you. Late at night, on top of the mountain that overlooks the city, couples lay in the grass and linger in after-hours picnics, bodies move in closer, expressions transform. You roam from gatherings to budding couples, never quite able to savour this fever, or hold it in your arms. You want to feel their wonderment, yet it slips through your fingers. You are merely a bystander, a simple voyeur. You are not invited to the party.

 

Credits
Screenplay and direction : Jean-François Lesage
Image : Jean-François Lesage et Marianne Ploska
Sound recording : Aude Renaud-Lorrain

Sound editing: Alexis Pilon-Gladu
Editing : Mathieu Bouchard-Malo et Ariane Pétel-Despots
Music : GOLD ZEBRA

Poems: Jonathan Lamy
Production : Jean-François Lesage

 

Financial partners

PRIM
Conseil des Arts et des lettres du Québec

Direction

Jean-François Lesage

After studying law, Jean-François Lesage began his career as a journalist for Radio-Canada television in Alberta and British Columbia. At the end of the 90s, everything changed: shaken by the discovery of Chinese cinema, he flew to Beijing. He lived there for six years and made his first creative documentary, Sweet Nights Sour Nights (2004), then with his brother Philippe Lesage, How Can You Tell if the Little Fish are Happy? (2009). Back in Montreal, he directed A Mile End Tale (2013), closing film for Visions du Réel 2014, then A Summer Love (2015), winner of the Grand Prize for Best Canadian Feature at the RIDM. This was followed by The Hidden River (2017), Special Jury Prize Canadian feature at the RIDM, and his sixth film, Prayer for a Lost Mitten (2020), Best Canadian Feature Film Award at Hot Docs.

 

Filmographie

 

Prayor for a Lost Mitten (2020 / 79 min)

The Hidden River (2017 / 75 min)

A Summer Love (2015 / 63 min)
A Mile End Tale (2013 / 68 min)
How can you tell if the little fish are happy? (2009 / 100 min)
Sweet Nights Sour Nights (2004 / 52 min)

Awards

Rencontres internationales du documentaire (RIDM)
Grand prix de la compétition nationale longs métrages Montréal