Autumn Tale (Conte d'Automne) (1998)
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The final installment in Eric Rohmer's Tales of the Four Seasons quartet of films examines matchmaking among the middle-aged and romance in the Rhone Valley. The target of the matchmakers is widowed vintner Magali (Béatrice Romand), alone at her vineyard after the departure of her grown children. Her best friend (Marie Rivière) plots to pair her with a friendly businessman (Alain Libolt), while her son's girlfriend (Alexia Portal) schemes to introduce her to a high-school philosophy teacher.
Jul 23, 1999 Wide
Feb 22, 2000
The film is delightfully unpredictable, warm, nuanced. It's civilized entertainment.
Though you wouldn't know it from Hollywood's kids 'r us obsessions, directors actually can improve as they advance in age.
There's a form of poetic justice in all this, and it gives the film, otherwise straitlaced, its jagged wit: Women on the lookout for love may be fools, but they make sure to turn the men who romance them into even bigger ones.
The he-said, she-said shenanigans suggest that high school may be eternal but autumn has its wisdom. In the last scene, the 78-year-old filmmaker brings his favorite conspirator back for a last dance -- it's a vintage performance that invites applause.
Terrific performances and masterful direction make this a warm delight for art-minded viewers.
With this romance, the director, now in his late 70s, completes his Tales of Four Seasons quartet on a hopeful note. Although slight in plot and slow in pace, the film offers much to admire.
This French film is a quietly interesting but unusually perceptive story about love and relationships.
The 79-year-old writer-director proves that age has only purified his special ability to mine emotional truth from tiny moments with exquisite finesse.
t's another enjoyable comedy of manners that seems both highly original, and, at the same time, pleasantly familiar.
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- Herbstgeschichte (DE)
- Autumn Tale, An (Conte D'Automne) (UK)