Summer (Le rayon vert)


Summer (Le rayon vert) (1986)


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Summer (Le Rayon Vert) is the fifth of French director Eric Rohmer's "Comedies et Proverbes" movie cycle. Left out of everyone's Summer vacation plans, unhappy Parisian student Marie Riviere (Rohmer's star in all of the "Comedies et Proverbes") accepts an invitation to stay at her friend's empty apartment in Biarritz. Swedish tourist Carita tries to snap Riviere out of her bad mood, but the two ladies are polar opposites in terms of relating to the opposite sex. Carita will take it any way she can, while Riviere holds out for true romance. A mystical assignation tied in with the old Jules Verne novel Le Rayon Vert (The Green Ray) brings Riviere in contact with the man of her dreams (Vincent Gauthier). An international award winner, Summer was surprisingly overlooked in France, where director Rohmer was (in the 1980s at least) somewhat taken for granted.


Critic Reviews for Summer (Le rayon vert)

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (8)

A beautiful narrative of self-discovery, elegant in its simplicity; Rohmer doesn't have to push hard on his basic premise to find extraordinary meaning.

Aug 23, 2017 | Full Review…

What might easily feel loose and inconsequential ends up feeling like sly magic.

Dec 22, 2014 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
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Now here's a summer movie to get excited about.

Jun 8, 2011 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
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Eric Rohmer's 1986 drama may be the finest example of his supple and prickly artistry.

Jun 6, 2011 | Full Review…

Summer initially seems slight, but it's a movie of uncommon sensitivity and emotional reserves.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 4/5

Along with My Night at Maud's, the movie is one of Rohmer's masterpieces. It is also, in its small, stubborn way, one of the bravest movies I know.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Summer (Le rayon vert)

this film was released in 1986 actually, and it's the rohmer film for folks who don't like rohmer much. i'm not his biggest fan but he certainly has a gift for making mundane conversations interesting and whiny characters sympathetic. very enjoyable

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