Romance of Astrea and Celadon Reviews

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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.
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
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
At any rate, this is utterly distinctive. Go and see it: a sorbet of high-mindedness to refresh the palate.
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.
September 5, 2008
The movie looks and feels exactly how it probably was to make: like a walk in the park.
August 18, 2008
The nymphs and druids who frolic through The Romance of Astrea and Celadon occupy mythological space between Shakespeare and Greek mythology.
August 15, 2008
I can't think of another director who would even have tried to make this mythic wonderland come alive, with its impossibly beautiful actors, lush, bucolic scenery and not even the slightest concession to contemporary notions of realism.
August 13, 2008
Rohmer has not succumbed to pessimism or despair in his late work, and here he is as light of touch and witty as ever.
August 13, 2008
Even though I much prefer Mr. Rohmer's forays in the contemporary world from very oblique vantage points, I find his period spirituality very genuine.
August 13, 2008
As Astrea and Celadon talk out their heartbreak, confusion, humility and ardor, Rohmer transports us visually, sentimentally, intellectually and spiritually.
August 13, 2008
The movie's gravity has the effect of raising Rohmer's career-long concerns to cosmic heights.
June 27, 2008
Rohmer's knack for fable is manifest even in his modern-dress films, and in Astrea and Celadon a feeling of fable - of more to this story than meets the eye - is ever-present.
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