Romance of Astrea and Celadon Reviews

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February 10, 2019
In this story, there's nothing so upsetting that a poem carved into a tree can't solve, and no hearts so broken that a spot of crossdressing can't cheer them up again.
November 17, 2017
...the director's own sweet, unexpected eroticism, and the film's gentle spirit simply make a work that is light, lovely, and strange.
September 11, 2017
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.
November 17, 2011
January 30, 2009
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.
January 30, 2009
The movie does rather run on, although it is charming and sweet, and is perhaps too languid.
November 7, 2008
It's often as fresh and buoyant as [Rohmer's] modern takes on the battle of the sexes.
November 6, 2008
This is no historical portrait of ancient life but a dreamy reflection of 17th-century romanticism of the past...
September 12, 2008
But I wish the acting was less like amateur dramatics and the plot less like a slightly camp game.
September 12, 2008
Rohmer's gentle philosophical chat is better heard, I think, among the muddled middle-classes of late-20th century France.
September 12, 2008
A transcendentally batty essay in am-dram costume cinema, starchy with recitative, fragrant with period fabric conditioner and white with laundered emotionalism.
September 12, 2008
Strip away the fey costumes, aristocratic nymphs, kindly druids and fairytale castles and what have you got? A typically Rohmerian exploration of courtship and fidelity among innocent young 'uns.
September 12, 2008
The director's usual traits are present and correct - glacial pacing, silent film-like direction, a love of nature - meaning audiences' eyes will soon Rohmer about the room looking for an exit.
September 12, 2008
It's a wisp of a film, touchingly earnest but light on point.
September 12, 2008
At any rate, this is utterly distinctive. Go and see it: a sorbet of high-mindedness to refresh the palate.
September 12, 2008
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.
September 12, 2008
Rohmer's swansong is droll, dignified and dull as a druid's dishwater.
September 12, 2008
It is the wisdom, passion, joy and hope with which he invests the film that makes it so terribly moving.
September 12, 2008
Some may find the digressions on the nature of love heavy going, but such qualms only reaffirm that the swansonging Rohmer retained his individuality throughout his 50-year career.
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