A Tale of Springtime


A Tale of Springtime

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French filmmaker Eric Rohmer begins his Tales of the Four Seasons series with A Tale of Springtime about the reactions of a woman -- who prefers to maintain order and sense in her life -- when she is confronted with a less-than-orderly situation. Parisian philosophy teacher Jeanne is temporarily without a place to stay as her cousin occupies her own home and she refuses to stay in her boyfriend's messy apartment while he is away. A young pianist, Natasha, offers the use of her house and she accepts. After the two become friends, it is apparent there is rivalry between Natasha and her father Igor's girlfriend Eve. As Natasha's father drifts away from Eve, Natasha, who normally insists on keeping a distance in these matters finds herself in more of a mess. Fortunately, after pausing to consider involving herself further, she gracefully removes herself from the problems within this family and moves out of Natasha's place. Tale of Springtime is a good example of how Rohmer tells a story of the inner machinations and thoughts of the characters in his films rather than of their actions, while keeping the keen interest of the audience. A Winter's Tale is the following installment.

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Critic Reviews for A Tale of Springtime

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (1)

  • Mr. Rohmer's films look like no one else's. They are direct and clean, the movie equivalent to prose that dispenses with adjectives and adverbs.

    Aug 30, 2004 | Rating: 4/5
  • A Tale of Springtime presents a rare and wonderful opportunity to discover a trio of multidimensional cinematic characters. Once you've been introduced, you won't want to be parted from them, whether or not Springtime ends.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • We can recognized the rhythms of real life, in which personal drama sometimes has to wait while we attend to routine duties.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • French film aficionados might find something satisfying about this little film, but apart from a unique Gallic perspective on the relationships that are presented in the film, there is little to hold the viewer's interest.

    Mar 23, 2002 | Rating: 62/100 | Full Review…
  • I am beginning to see how each of his films is a small piece of the one lifelong movie he's be cobbling all these years. And I am beginning to see how who I am at different points in my life affects my responses.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • While it's true that his characters sometimes over-explain their motivations, on the whole A Tale of Springtime is up to Rohmer's usual standard.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for A Tale of Springtime

  • Jun 07, 2009
    Il s'agit d'un mystérieux petit bijou de film. Il a pratiquement pas de complot. Il est sexy, est habilement tourné, et elle est aussi charmante que l'on peut.
    Pamela D Super Reviewer

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