Romance of Astrea and Celadon Reviews

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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.
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
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
It is the wisdom, passion, joy and hope with which he invests the film that makes it so terribly moving.
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 14, 2008
Goes from mere bad choice to embarrassing clunker...Community-college theater troupes have rendered broad burlesques with more skill.
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
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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