A Summer's Tale (1996)
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The third film in Eric Rohmer's Tales of the Four Seasons quartet takes place in a resort town in Brittany. Gaspard (Melvil Poupaud) has come to enjoy a vacation with his girlfriend, Lena (Aurelia Nolin). However, Lena has yet to arrive, and Gaspard finds his attention drawn to two other women: Margot (Amanda Langlet), a captivating waitress who makes it clear that she only wants friendship, and Solene (GwenaŽlle Simon), a friend of Margot's who isn't against the idea of a brief fling but
May 5, 1996 Limited
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[It's] as if the director had been awaiting for half a century the artistry with which to exorcise his memories of embarrassment, pain, and sexual frustration.
At the age of 76, filmmaker Eric Rohmer probably has a better understanding of young love than most young lovers do.
Poupaud may come off as callow and timid... but Rohmer seems to suggest that his youthful mistakes will make him a better man, a typically generous, hopeful, and convincing sentiment in a disarmingly winning film.
A beautiful and bittersweet romantic comedy from the evergreen French writer/director.
The typically Rohmeresque talk, talk, talk is fetchingly photographed, though, and acted with unassuming charm by a fresh young cast. It's minor fun.
Demonstrates French writer and director Eric Rohmer's penchant for exploring all the nuances of dating and sexual politics.
Those who are patient enough to persevere through the seemingly endless rambling conversations will catch snippets of intelligent repartee that make the film interesting and worthwhile.
It's always a delight to see the latest installment in Eric Rohmer's decades-long sequence of talky, almost actionless pictures about the romantic and ethical dilemmas of young French people.
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