Summer of 85, which was nominated for 12 César Awards, is renowned filmmaker François Ozon’s adaptation of Aidan Chamber’s 1982 YA novel, Dance on My Grave. Please forget that trivia because the book’s title gives away far too much.

Now, if you are familiar with Ozon’s work over the past few decades — much of which, but not all, is homoerotic — you’ll not be surprised at the steaminess of 85. His short, Summer Dress (1996), for instance, is about an uptight young gay man who goes to a beach to tan in the nude, is seduced by an…

Brandon Judell

Brandon Judell has published in The Village Voice, The Advocate, and 50 or so other outlets. He is currently a lecturer at The City College of New York.

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