Le Rayon vert (The Green Ray) (Summer) (2011)
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 can, while Riviere holds out for true romance. A mystical assignation tied in with the old Jules Verne novel Le Rayon Vert (The Green Ray) brings Riviere in contact with the man of her dreams (Vincent Gauthier). An international award winner, Summer was surprisingly overlooked in France, where director Rohmer was (in the 1980s at least) somewhat taken for granted. … More
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Critic Reviews for Le Rayon vert (The Green Ray) (Summer)
Eric Rohmer's 1986 drama may be the finest example of his supple and prickly artistry.
Summer initially seems slight, but it's a movie of uncommon sensitivity and emotional reserves.
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.
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.
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.
It's as if we ourselves are observing life, learning and evolving with Delphine.
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.
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.
[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.
The well-constructed film is almost completely improvised and has an almost effortless feel to it.
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.
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.
Graphically depicts one young French woman's quest for love during a lonely vacation.
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 enjoyableMore
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