Summer (1986)

Summer (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 … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International
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Written By: Marie Rivière, Eric Rohmer
On DVD: Jun 8, 1999
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as Delphine

as Manuella

as Beatrice

as Francoise

as Edouard

as Lena

as Grandfather

as Gérard

as Gérard

as Sebastian

as Woman #2

as Pierrot
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Critic Reviews for Summer

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (9)

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

Full Review… | December 22, 2014
Time Out
Top Critic

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

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

Full Review… | June 6, 2011
New Yorker
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

If Eric Rohmer were basing a film on your diary, he would only use the entries where you observe that nothing much happened. He is interested in the times between the big moments, the times when boredom and disenchantment set in.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for Summer

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 Dallas

Super Reviewer

Wonderfully deft comedy (in the loosest sense) of misery, with a depth of characterization more common to life than to the arts.

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