Romance of Astrea and Celadon Reviews

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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
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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