La Belle Saison – Piece of My Heart
A city’s soil is hard, it lets your foot rebound and will give you momentum. The countryside’s wetland however will threaten to swallow you and make walking a struggle. Delphine, a country girl, uses these words to describe her feeling of disparity to Carole, a city dweller and feminist activist. It is the 1970s in Paris, and amphitheaters are the setting of loud, forward thinking debates.
After meeting a group of students dedicated to improving the rights of women and homosexuals, Delphine has been soaking up an invigorating libertarian energy. Yet when reality calls her back to the more traditional lifestyle of her parents’ farm, her blossoming feelings for the beautiful Carole must withdraw into hiding.
Catherine Corsini made an inspired choice when offering the part of the conflicted Delphine to the charismatic Izïa Higelin, a talented (and bestselling) musician who, at the age of 25, had showed promise in supporting roles but was yet to be given the opportunity to show her acting range. This is what she does in La Belle Saison, moving comfortably between doubt and bravery, and forming a most charming couple with her more experienced co-star, the radiant Cécile de France.
When told for the first time about politics, a farmer‘s wife protests, “But I do have a salary! My husband’s” – embarrassing our pioneering duo. If the obsolescence of her ingenuous comment is a given for today’s audiences, other areas of confusion still feel, sadly, very familiar, such as the hateful reflexes that the idea of a homosexual relationship triggers in the small community.
One thing is evidenced by Corsini’s touching drama. However essential theoretical analysis and collective movements are in the process of change, it is at a more intimate level that the harshest battles are fought and the most heroic decisions must be made.Aurélie Godet