Autumn Tale (Conte d'Automne) (1999)



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The fourth and final of a series of films based on the seasons, following A Tale of Springtime, A Winter's Tale, and A Summer's Tale. Magali (Beatrice Romand) is a widowed wine producer from the south of France. Her best friend, Isabelle (Marie Riviere), decides to play matchmaker and find Magali a new husband. By putting an ad in the newspaper Isabelle finds a nice man, Gerald, to pair with her lonely friend. However, she is not the only one playing matchmaker. Magali's son's girlfriend introduces Magali to a former flame of hers, Etienne. Complications arise at Isabelle's daughter's wedding when both men arrive to meet Magali at the same time.
PG (for mild thematic elements)
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama , Romance
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October Films


Marie Rivière
as Isabelle
Alain Libolt
as Gerald
Didier Sandre
as Etienne
Alexia Portal
as Rosine
Mathieu Davette
as Grégoire
Matthieu Davette
as Gregoire
Yves Alcais
as Jean-Jacques
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Critic Reviews for Autumn Tale (Conte d'Automne)

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (12)

The film is delightfully unpredictable, warm, nuanced. It's civilized entertainment.

July 20, 2005
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

Though you wouldn't know it from Hollywood's kids 'r us obsessions, directors actually can improve as they advance in age.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

As sublimely warming an experience as the autumn sun that shines benevolently on the vineyard owned by the film's central character, Magali.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
New York Times
Top Critic

Eric Rohmer is the KFC of international cinema. The 79-year- old director has been doing just one thing for decades, but he does it right.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

It's a solidly entertaining effort -- the kind of movie that can be enjoyed by anyone who appreciates discerning comedy.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Top Critic

If a part of me has resisted and sometimes even resented his mastery, this undoubtedly can be traced to a problem with realism that his work as a whole throws into relief. To put it crudely, why reproduce the real world when we have the thing itself?

December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
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Audience Reviews for Autumn Tale (Conte d'Automne)

I didn't see the other three films but it wasn't hard to pick up the tale. A very interesting tale of match making for the middle aged played very well.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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