It’s summer 1979 in Brittany, and a family gathers to celebrate the grandmother’s 80th birthday. The extended family are a garrulous collection and there’s a hint of tension in the air, as the Skylab is rumoured to return to earth during the same weekend – in either Brittany or Perth.
This hilarious multi-generational comedy is seen largely through the eyes of 10 year old Albertine – playing perhaps the character of a young Julie Delpy. The adults’ behaviour is always colourful, often outrageous. Director, and star Julie Delpy shows a loving, guiding hand throughout proceedings.
The cast represent the very finest of young, and vintage French acting talent (Eric Elmosnino “Summer Hours”, “Gainsbourg”, Emmanuelle Riva “Amour”, “3 Colours Blue”, Valerie Bonneton “Summer Hours”, “Little White Lies”) , and the joie de vivre of the gathering is infectious. Skylab is a funny, tender and occasionally irreverent look back to the end of the 70s, to childhood, and to summer holidays.
1 x DVD
Language: French (with English subtitles)
Run Time: 113 mins
Rated: M (Mature themes, sexual references, course language and nudity)
Director: Julie Delpy
★★★★ "A lovely, easygoing movie with garrulity and charm...A film with a very high likability factor."
- Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
★★★★ "A beautifully crafted piece of nostalgia...cheeky and bawdy...eccentric and amusing...further stamps [Delpy] as a filmmaker of great vision and skill."
- Gavin Bond, Perth Sunday Times
"Hugely enjoyable...poignant in its depiction of the passage of time...tough-minded and funny."
- Tom Ryan, Sense of Cinema