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Les Amours d'Astrée et de Céladon (Romance of Astrea and Celadon) (2008)

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67

Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 39
Fresh: 26 | Rotten: 13

A disappointing melodrama with a pedestrian script and direction.

86

Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 2

A disappointing melodrama with a pedestrian script and direction.

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Average Rating: 3.2/5
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Acclaimed French filmmaker Eric Rohmer adapts author Honoré d'Urfé's classic 17th century novel to craft this morally complex tale of romance concerning a young couple about to be betrothed, but driven apart by a tragic misunderstanding. Celadon (Andy Gillet) and Astrea (Stéphanie Crayencour) are deeply in love. Each has vowed that they want to spend the rest of their lives together, but their future union is suddenly thrown into question when one day on the riverbank Astrea sees Celadon kissing

Feb 10, 2009

Koch Lorber Films

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All Critics (39) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (26) | Rotten (13) | DVD (3)

In what he claims will be his final film, 87-year-old Eric Rohmer fashions a serenely daffy coda to a half a lifetime spent behind the camera exploring the vicissitudes of romance.

January 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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It's often as fresh and buoyant as [Rohmer's] modern takes on the battle of the sexes.

November 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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It is the wisdom, passion, joy and hope with which he invests the film that makes it so terribly moving.

September 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The movie looks and feels exactly how it probably was to make: like a walk in the park.

September 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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The nymphs and druids who frolic through The Romance of Astrea and Celadon occupy mythological space between Shakespeare and Greek mythology.

August 18, 2008
New York Times
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I can't think of another director who would even have tried to make this mythic wonderland come alive, with its impossibly beautiful actors, lush, bucolic scenery and not even the slightest concession to contemporary notions of realism.

August 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Salon.com
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Blissful

August 26, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

Eric Rohmer has said that The Romance of Astrea and Celadon is probably his swan song, and he's not pulling any punches here.

November 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

This is no historical portrait of ancient life but a dreamy reflection of 17th-century romanticism of the past...

November 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

But I wish the acting was less like amateur dramatics and the plot less like a slightly camp game.

September 12, 2008 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Rohmer's gentle philosophical chat is better heard, I think, among the muddled middle-classes of late-20th century France.

September 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

A transcendentally batty essay in am-dram costume cinema, starchy with recitative, fragrant with period fabric conditioner and white with laundered emotionalism.

September 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

Strip away the fey costumes, aristocratic nymphs, kindly druids and fairytale castles and what have you got? A typically Rohmerian exploration of courtship and fidelity among innocent young 'uns.

September 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

The director's usual traits are present and correct - glacial pacing, silent film-like direction, a love of nature - meaning audiences' eyes will soon Rohmer about the room looking for an exit.

September 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

It's a wisp of a film, touchingly earnest but light on point.

September 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

At any rate, this is utterly distinctive. Go and see it: a sorbet of high-mindedness to refresh the palate.

September 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

The film, talky, tediously overlong and crammed with kitsch, postcard-pretty country scenery, gets exponentially weirder by the minute, culminating in a cross-dressing pseudo-lesbian clinch.

September 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

Rohmer's swansong is droll, dignified and dull as a druid's dishwater.

September 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Some may find the digressions on the nature of love heavy going, but such qualms only reaffirm that the swansonging Rohmer retained his individuality throughout his 50-year career.

September 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Flatly directed, frequently dull and ultimately disengaging drama that's like watching a badly staged version of an extremely boring play.

September 11, 2008 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
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