SUMMER THINGS (Embrassez Qui Vous Voudrez)


This year’s summer event, to be held in Stanford in the Vale Village Hall.


with: Charlotte Rampling, Jacques Dutronc, Carole Bouquet, Michael Blanc & Karin Viard.

Elizabeth (Rampling) holidays in Le Touquet while husband Bertrand (Dutronc) has affairs (ahem) to attend to in Paris. We get to know a number of Elizabeth’s friends and relations – and their various and varied romantic entanglements. Director Blanc plays a jealous husband who threatens to take his life every time his wife talks to another man. A very, very funny and biting movie that more or less disappeared without trace after first UK release in 2003. Based on the novel by Jospeh Connolly.
“a Gallic farce of love and betrayal … Blanc’s light and scathing treatment of these couples in disarray lends a bitter edge to a comedy in which words and cruel puns stab like knives” (Agnès Poirier in the Time Out Film Guide). (Cert: 15)
Dir. Michael Blanc 99 mins France 2002


… is provided by members having the time to chat to each other, while eating and sharing the food and drink that they have brought along. Please bring just a little bit more than you need for yourselves, things that don’t need reheating or cooking. Cutlery, crockery etc.will be provided, as well as hot drinks. (For clarity, there will be no bar, but bring what you like).


6.00 – 7.00 Eating and drinking (doors open at 5.30)
7.00 – 8.40 Summer Things
8.45 Coffee and informal discussion


The Hall is at Hunter’s Field, Stanford in the Vale, SN7 8LX, very central to the village. We suggest you enter the postcode in Google Maps to find it. Otherwise you should find the locals speak English.


Admission will be £5.00 per person. We would like everyone to book by June 7 (but pay on the day), as we will need to have a fairly accurate idea of numbers, so that we can open the event to SITV residents.

To reserve your place: phone 01235 522163 or email


“Never has fornication been so amusing”

“When my husband says we are going on holiday to a cottage, I may make some other arrangements!”

“This is where I inform my wife that this year’s summer holiday is in a [luxury] caravan!”

“Typical(ly) French film. Good acting (but) melodramatic. Different from (an) English film.”

“Very French (but), in spite of that, not even the bed(room) scenes were convincing …”

“Good enough for a multi-layered comedy but you could see where the English elements were – and (were?) lost in translation.”

“What is love? Male? Female?”


A:2, B:12, C:7, D:0, E:0 to give 69%