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Romance of Astrea and Celadon (2008)

Romance of Astrea and Celadon (2008)

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Critic Consensus: A disappointing melodrama with a pedestrian script and direction.

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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.

Cast

Andy Gillet
as Céladon
Rosette
as Sylvie
Olivier Blond
as shepherd
Alain Libolt
as Narrator
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Critic Reviews for Romance of Astrea and Celadon

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (14)

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

November 7, 2008 | Rating: 3/4
Seattle Times
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It is the wisdom, passion, joy and hope with which he invests the film that makes it so terribly moving.

September 12, 2008 | Rating: 4/6 | Full Review…
Time Out
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The movie looks and feels exactly how it probably was to make: like a walk in the park.

September 5, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Boston Globe
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The nymphs and druids who frolic through The Romance of Astrea and Celadon occupy mythological space between Shakespeare and Greek mythology.

August 18, 2008 | Rating: 3/5
New York Times
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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 15, 2008 | Full Review…
Salon.com
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