Les Derniers Vacances

In his book “French Cinema: The Great Tradition,” Roy Armes writes of this much written-up but seldom-seen film:

“Roger Leenhardt was already an influential film critic and experienced director of short films when he made Les Dernières Vacances in 1947. This film, which has become something of a minor classic, has all the personal style and scope of an autobiographical novel. It studies with sensitivity and intelligence the first awakenings of adult emotions in two young people who have grown up together, setting their problems against those of their elders who have assembled to debate the necessity for selling the family estate. The background of holiday life in a country house during the nineteen twenties is beautifully evoked and though the amorous intrigues of the adults are perhaps given excessive weight, the truth with which the adolescents are observed more than compensates for Leenhardt's occasional awkwardness in handling his material.”

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