SUDDENLY NEXT SUMMER

Suddenly Next Summer, Alasdair McLellan’s third campaign for Miu Miu, imagines a group of friends led by American actress Elle Fanning on a daytime rendezvous along the beaches of California. Opening to the swinging sounds of big band jazz the film is an unfiltered dose of enthusiasm and joy as seen through the stylistic lens of home movies and mid-century newsreels. Fanning, alongside a cast including Karen Elson, Caroline Murphy, and Lara Stone, laugh and play as waves crash upon the shore, all the while narrated with a dry enthusiasm by a voice off-screen. Borrowed from a 1940 British Pathé story on bathing costumes, the narrator offers up commentary that is somehow both anachronistic and current. It’s all — as the voice reminds us — “very tasteful, very neat.”