Bittersweet love affairs on film rarely go well, it’s just their nature. In Summertime, Carole (Cécile de France) and Delphine (Izïa Higelin) find each other in a time of social upheaval in the France of 1971. Friends, to begin with, Delphine becomes attracted to Carole when she moves to Paris and joins Carole’s women’s rights group. At first unsure of the attraction, Carole throws herself headlong into Delphine and whatever fate may bring. But Delphine’s country home life comes knocking and neither women can anticipate what happens next.
Chinese remakes of American films, especially romantic comedies, have not had a great trail run. Only You with Tang Wei and Liao Fan disappeared without a trace and even the great Andy Lou and Gong Li couldn’t stop What Women Want from just existing. We’re now in the third round and the champ’s not looking so good. So can the golden girl of Chinese cinema, Shu Qi, save the remake of 1997’s My Best Friend’s Wedding?
[NOTE: there is a major spoiler in this review and I’ll flag it before it happens]
At its heart, Creed is a lot of things. A story of personal triumph over adversity. A great sporting film. A story of a man who never knew his father and never wanted one. A tale of a warrior who found out the hardest battles are the ones in his heart. A love story of two people who will lose something by being alone and gain something by being together. But most important of all, it’s the story of a boxer who wanted to know if, like his father and mentor before him, he can go the distance.