Summer (Le rayon vert) (1986)

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.
Art House & International , Drama , Romance
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Béatrice Romand
as Beatrice
Marie Rivière
as Delphine
Sylvie Richez
as Sylvie
as Francoise
as Lena
Lisa Heredia
as Manuella
Basile Gervaise
as Grandfather
Dominique Riviere
as Dominique
Laetitia Riviere
as Laetitia
Isabelle Riviere
as Isabelle
Eric Hamm
as Edouard
Gerard Quere
as Gérard
Brigitte Poulain
as Brigitte
Gerard Leleu
as Gérard
Liliane Leleu
as Liliane
Vanessa Leleu
as Vanessa
Huger Foote
as Hugues
Isa Bonnet
as Woman #2
Yves Doyhamboure
as Woman #3
Marc Vivas
as Pierrot
Lene Beyer
as Maid
Philip Rankl
as Sebastian
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Critic Reviews for Summer (Le rayon vert)

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (6)

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

Full Review… | December 21, 2014
Time Out
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | June 8, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

Eric Rohmer's 1986 drama may be the finest example of his supple and prickly artistry.

Full Review… | June 5, 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
Top Critic

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… | December 31, 1999
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… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

Rohmer, like Ozu, is a director who I'm always just on the verge of becoming a huge fan of. And also like Ozu, his films are incredibly understated but show a rich understanding of humanity and psychology. Delphine is a deeply relatable character, even with her more irritating flaws. I know all too well that conflict between the desire for companionship and the temperament for solitude (and I also know all too well how the conflict often results in annoying self-pity). The locations are gorgeous, and Rohmer's dialogue, as usual, is absolutely spot-on. Few people can write dialogue that sounds as natural and effortless as he does. Not too sure what to make of the allusions to fate and superstition, but it added an unusual bit of spice. Some people seem to feel the ending is contrived and out of place, but I thought it was lovely, with just the right hint of ambiguity.

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

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

Bleak Mouse
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