Romance of Astrea and Celadon

2008

Romance of Astrea and Celadon

Critics Consensus

A disappointing melodrama with a pedestrian script and direction.

67%

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Reviews Counted: 42

52%
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User Ratings: 615

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Reviews Count: 0
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52%
Average Rating: 3.2/5

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Acclaimed French filmmaker Eric Rohmer adapts author Honoré d'Urfé's classic 17th century novel to craft this morally complex tale of romance concerning a young couple about to be betrothed, but driven apart by a tragic misunderstanding. Celadon (Andy Gillet) and Astrea (Stéphanie Crayencour) are deeply in love. Each has vowed that they want to spend the rest of their lives together, but their future union is suddenly thrown into question when one day on the riverbank Astrea sees Celadon kissing another woman. Subsequently banning Celadon from her sight forever, the inconsolable Astrea is horrified to discover that Celadon has attempted to take his own life by leaping into the river after learning of the decree; fortunately, he was saved at the last minute by an upper-crust young woman (Véronique Reymond) who wants to possess him. Desperate to win Astrea back, Celadon accepts the advice of a druid priest and his niece, who convince him to dress in drag, pose as a woman, and strike up a friendship with Astrea. Before long, the two are kissing, holding hands, and napping together -- with Astrea little recognizing her new "best friend"'s real gender or identity.

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Critic Reviews for Romance of Astrea and Celadon

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (18)

  • Rohmer left the stage with an audacious flourish, infusing a fifth-century pastoral fantasy (adapted from a seventeenth-century novel) with a lifetime of stories, passions, and big ideas.

    Sep 11, 2017 | Full Review…
  • In what he claims will be his final film, 87-year-old Eric Rohmer fashions a serenely daffy coda to a half a lifetime spent behind the camera exploring the vicissitudes of romance.

    Jan 30, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • It's often as fresh and buoyant as [Rohmer's] modern takes on the battle of the sexes.

    Nov 7, 2008 | Rating: 3/4
  • But I wish the acting was less like amateur dramatics and the plot less like a slightly camp game.

    Sep 12, 2008 | Rating: 2/5
  • At any rate, this is utterly distinctive. Go and see it: a sorbet of high-mindedness to refresh the palate.

    Sep 12, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The film, talky, tediously overlong and crammed with kitsch, postcard-pretty country scenery, gets exponentially weirder by the minute, culminating in a cross-dressing pseudo-lesbian clinch.

    Sep 12, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
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