Summer (Le rayon vert)

1986

Summer (Le rayon vert)

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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.

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Critic Reviews for Summer (Le rayon vert)

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (26) | Rotten (2)

  • 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.

    August 23, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Some films exist in a vacuum. Others, like Le rayon vert, the fifth tale in ric Rohmer's Comedies and Proverbs series, are destined to have a seismic impact on the cinema that comes after it.

    March 6, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
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  • A lovely, gentle film.

    January 1, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • A film which is at once nothing and everything.

    January 1, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • What might easily feel loose and inconsequential ends up feeling like sly magic.

    December 22, 2014 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

    Dave Calhoun

    Time Out
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  • Now here's a summer movie to get excited about.

    June 8, 2011 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

    Keith Uhlich

    Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Summer (Le rayon vert)

  • Sep 14, 2012
    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
    Stella D Super Reviewer

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