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An Unforgettable Summer

film series: Lucian Pintilie Trio

  • Saturday, June 6, 2020
  • 4:30 p.m.
  • East Building Auditorium

courtesy MK2 Productions

Based on a short story by Petre Dumitriu, An Unforgettable Summer is set in the 1920s in a region that has been part of both Romania and Bulgaria. When the film opens, a young military officer (Dumitriu himself, played by Claudiu Bleont) is about to attend a ball with his wife Marie-Therese (Kristin Scott Thomas). After his wife resists the advances of a superior officer, this stylish cosmopolitan family is relocated to a dreary and desolate post along the Bulgarian/Romanian border, where the couple's marriage and, indeed, their lives are at stake. "The message of the movie is an old one, and yet sadly contemporary: if you kill people because they are not you, someday they will want to kill you because you are not them. Hatred and fear hang in the air at the pathetic little military post and are felt not least by those trying to do the right thing." — Roger Ebert (1994, subtitles, 35mm, 81 minutes)