Few directors could say as much with as little as Eric Rohmer.
| Original Score: 4/4
There's a purity to the experience of watching a film so naturalistic, like living in someone else's life for two hours.
| Original Score: 4/5
The best films leave space for viewers to interpret the action. Here Rohmer insists on it.
| Original Score: 3/4
This is a movie of high innocence, set at a time in life when romantic love is still a frolic and the seaside is a balm that quells all ills.
| Original Score: B+
Astute, unhurried and gently amusing, it will be welcomed by the director's fans while serving as a fine introduction for those who know him not.
The world turns, the sun rises and sets, and the ocean's waves splash on idyllic beaches in Eric Rohmer's "A Summer's Tale."
| Original Score: 3.5/4
For all his seeming facility with the opposite sex, Gaspard is really a romantic idiot. And aren't we all, Rohmer suggests.
The fresh-faced actors, realistic dialogue and naturalistic performances suggest a casual approach, but as the story progresses, the filmmaker's control is increasingly evident.
Originally released in 1996 in France (but never before in the U.S.), Eric Rohmer's sun-kissed love quadrangle remains as fresh and romantically profound as it was 18 years ago.
| Original Score: A-
"A Summer's Tale" has room to focus on Rohmer's brilliance at revealing human nature through articulate, multidimensional characters, perfectly cast, who in some ways seem to exist outside of time.
Discovering that there's a 1996 movie by Eric Rohmer that's only now making it into U.S. theaters is like finding a $20 bill in an old pair of pants.
Think of it as a thriller by Hitchcock-a Rohmer favorite-only with words, not knives, that cut straight to the heart.
| Original Score: 5/5
A Summer's Tale feels like a great beach read of a movie, that deceptively slender paperback you tuck into your luggage because it's substantial without weighing much.
[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.
A Summer's Tale is vintage Eric Rohmer, his most richly satisfying film in a number of outings.
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.
The third, sunniest and funniest of Rohmer's seasonal tales.
At the age of 76, filmmaker Eric Rohmer probably has a better understanding of young love than most young lovers do.