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Catherine Breillat Talks Taboo-Breaking Love Story Between Child Lawyer & Teenage Stepson In Cannes Film ‘Last Summer’: “She Is Not A Predator!”

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French director Catherine Breillat has been breaking taboos throughout her career and her new Cannes Palme d’Or contender Last Summer is no exception.

The erotic thriller stars Lea Drucker as Anne, a family lawyer specializing in child protection, who embarks on a forbidden affair with her dissolute 17-year-old stepson Theo (Samuel Kircher), with devasting consequences.

Read Stephanie Bunbury’s review for Deadline here. The film has been warmly received in Cannes where it world premiered to a long standing ovation on Thursday evening.

Breillat addressed the provocative plotline in the press conference for the film on Friday, saying the initial relationship between Anne and Theo was “pure love”. “I think that when they fall in love it’s unconscious, there’s a kind of happiness, a sort of intoxication that takes over.

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