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Le Rayon vert (The Green Ray) (Summer)

Le Rayon vert (The Green Ray) (Summer) (1986)

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Average Rating: 8.2/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 0

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Summer (Le Rayon Vert) is the fifth of French director Eric Rohmer's "Comedies et Proverbes" movie cycle. Left out of everyone's Summer vacation plans, unhappy Parisian student Marie Riviere (Rohmer's star in all of the "Comedies et Proverbes") accepts an invitation to stay at her friend's empty apartment in Biarritz. Swedish tourist Carita tries to snap Riviere out of her bad mood, but the two ladies are polar opposites in terms of relating to the opposite sex. Carita will take it any way she

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Drama, Romance, Art House & International

Marie Rivière, Eric Rohmer

Jun 8, 1999

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All Critics (24) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (1) | DVD (3)

Now here's a summer movie to get excited about.

June 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Eric Rohmer's 1986 drama may be the finest example of his supple and prickly artistry.

June 6, 2011 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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Summer initially seems slight, but it's a movie of uncommon sensitivity and emotional reserves.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Along with My Night at Maud's, the movie is one of Rohmer's masterpieces. It is also, in its small, stubborn way, one of the bravest movies I know.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Salon.com
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If Eric Rohmer were basing a film on your diary, he would only use the entries where you observe that nothing much happened. He is interested in the times between the big moments, the times when boredom and disenchantment set in.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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I've seen "Le rayon vert" at least five times, and when I saw it again a few days ago, the beauty of its complex structure struck me once again, combining as it does the rationalism of moral convictions with the almost superstitious belief in fate.

May 20, 2012 Full Review Source: culturevulture.net
culturevulture.net

It's as if we ourselves are observing life, learning and evolving with Delphine.

July 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Film and Felt
Film and Felt

Delphine is the sort of person who would rather be unhappy than compromise her own expectations of life; this is a woman who's idea of beach reading is Dostoyevsky's The Idiot.

June 9, 2011 Full Review Source: House Next Door
House Next Door

Eric Rohmer's comedy, one of his best, follows a lonely Parisian secretary as her quest for a transcendent July vacation becomes stalled in misadventure and self-doubt.

June 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

[Rohmer's] persistence gets just underneath Delphine's surface, finding her painful, anxious self-doubt; we keep rooting for her to rise above it, rather than succumbing.

June 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

The well-constructed film is almost completely improvised and has an almost effortless feel to it.

May 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Stay awake through this 90-minute exercise in conceitedness (which presumably tells us how the modern world makes us all sad and pathetic) and you'll be rewarded with... well, with nothing. Congrats, more meaningless cinema under your belt.

January 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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Also known as The Green Ray; by any name, this rose would smell as sweet. An all-time-great film that feels like a romance even though, I suppose, it isn't.

August 17, 2003
Nick's Flick Picks

Graphically depicts one young French woman's quest for love during a lonely vacation.

September 1, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

French New Wave director Eric Rohmer has always had a particular talent for transforming even the most inconsequential stories into fascinating portraits of the difficulties of choice and the moral complexity of making decisions.

April 15, 2002 Full Review Source: BBC

Audience Reviews for Le Rayon vert (The Green Ray) (Summer)

this film was released in 1986 actually, and it's the rohmer film for folks who don't like rohmer much. i'm not his biggest fan but he certainly has a gift for making mundane conversations interesting and whiny characters sympathetic. very enjoyable
September 14, 2012
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I like the idea of this film, the search for the Green Ray and the very modern idea of having no where to go during the holidays and the desperation of loneliness that can lead to (The French are very big on holidays during the summer, everything shuts down - at least it did back in the day). I spent a lot of my youth in France and our lead character goes to all the holiday destination I used to go to, in fact I was in Biarritz when this was filmed it seems, so 5 out of 5 for personal nostalgia but unfortunately I felt no empathy for Marie and once again Rohmer skips the character development at the expense of the film.
March 1, 2012
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