A Summer's Tale


A Summer's Tale (2014)


Critic Consensus: With A Summer's Tale, Eric Rohmer continues his "Tales of the Four Seasons" in typically Rohmeresque fashion -- and for cineastes, that's excellent news indeed.


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Gaspard (Melvil Poupaud), a recent university graduate, arrives at the seaside in Bretagne for three weeks' vacation before starting a new job. He's hoping his sort-of girlfriend, the fickle Léna (Aurélia Nolin), will join him there; but as the days pass, he welcomes the interest of Margot (Amanda Langlet, the titular character from Rohmer's Pauline at the Beach), a student of ethnology working as a waitress for the summer. Things start to get complicated when the spoken-for Margot encourages Gaspard to have a summer romance with her friend, Solène (Gwenaëlle Simon), and he complies. When Léna turns up, and scheduling complications abound, Gaspard will have to make a choice... (C) Big World Pictures

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A Summer's Tale is one of those movies where it looks like nothing is happening ...

Aug 29, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Few directors could say as much with as little as Eric Rohmer.

Aug 22, 2014 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

There's a purity to the experience of watching a film so naturalistic, like living in someone else's life for two hours.

Aug 21, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This is a movie of high innocence, set at a time in life when romantic love is still a frolic and the seaside is a balm that quells all ills.

Jul 18, 2014 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Astute, unhurried and gently amusing, it will be welcomed by the director's fans while serving as a fine introduction for those who know him not.

Jul 17, 2014 | Full Review…

The world turns, the sun rises and sets, and the ocean's waves splash on idyllic beaches in Eric Rohmer's "A Summer's Tale."

Jul 17, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4

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