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Pauline At The Beach (1983)




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Pauline a la Plage is the third of French filmmaker Eric Rohmer's "Comedies et Proverbes." Pauline (Amanda Langlet) is the teen-aged cousin of the seemingly more worldly and sensible Marion (Arielle Dombasle). Both girls become entwined in amorous escapades while vacationing at the beach. It gradually develops that Marion is the one least capable of handling herself, while Pauline grows in maturity from her summertime experiences. It is nothing short of amazing how Eric Rohmer can take the most conventional and obvious of material and weave something as charming and profound as Pauline at the Beach. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
R (adult situations/language, nudity)
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Amanda Langlet
as Pauline
as Louisette
Michel Ferry
as Sylvain Freund
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Critic Reviews for Pauline At The Beach

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2)

I hope that Pauline at the Beach will win new admirers for Mr. Rohmer, one of the most original and elegant film makers at work today in any country.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

The result is a film of devastating irony and deep compassion.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

"Pauline at the Beach" is an acerbic study of romantic power games that the sexes play, and the destructive influence they have. It is a film that's easy to love.

Full Review… | May 5, 2016

Another masterpiece from French director Eric Rohmes about the different sides of love.

Full Review… | August 19, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

The beauty in the film is in the natural way the slight story evolves...

Full Review… | August 20, 2001
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

One of those small, deliberately paced, but charming foreign films in which not much happens plot wise, but a lot happens to the characters emotionally.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews for Pauline At The Beach

Much conversation (it's Rohmer) about sex and relationships which 14 year old Pauline contributes to only occasionally. She wisely listens and observes until finally being sucked into the vortex of games played by the adults. Since it's Rohmer, everyone behaves relatively civilly and everyone emerges intact though a bit more damaged by life than at the start.

Michael Harbour
Michael Harbour

Mr. Rohmer turns the tables like no one else. Beneath the subtle surface lies enjoyable impact and much food for thought.

Dan Morris
Dan Morris

Even in Paris, fashion models are morons. That's the central fact of this one of Eric Rohmer's unmissable Comedies and Proverbs series. An aging model, gorgeous and unmarried, is at the beach with her 16 year old cousin Pauline. Pauline is a virgin who wants to wait for true love, but falls hard for the first lunkhead cheating windsurfer who comes on to her. The model is full of theories about love, she blathers on and on lecturing Pauline. She's got the yaks like every model I've ever met. She believes love comes like a bolt from God. You just know, and you wait around looking fabulous until it happens. Meanwhile two guys are wooing her. One is younger than she, a former lover, and she just mocks him. The other is an older man, a slimeball, and of course she fall for him, despite that he couldn't care less. To him, she's a slab of meat. To prove the rule that model are insane, Marion, the model, wants to get Pauline away from the windsurfer by having her have sex with the guy who used to be her boyfriend, who is maybe twice Pauline's age. Nothing good comes of any of it, which is Rohmer's point, that love is absurd, and that women have great boobs and never get sand on them at la plage.

Daniel Cooper
Daniel Cooper

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