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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. … More
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Critic Reviews for Summer
What might easily feel loose and inconsequential ends up feeling like sly magic.
Eric Rohmer's 1986 drama may be the finest example of his supple and prickly artistry.
Summer initially seems slight, but it's a movie of uncommon sensitivity and emotional reserves.
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.
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.
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
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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