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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
Art House & International , Drama , Romance
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Melvil Poupaud
as Gaspard
Aimé Lefèvre
as The Newfoundlander
Alain Guellaff
as Uncle Alain
Evelyne Lahana
as Aunt Maiwen
Yves Guérin
as Accordionist
Franck Cabot
as Cousin
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Critic Reviews for A Summer's Tale

All Critics (45) | Top Critics (20)

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

Full Review… | August 29, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | August 22, 2014
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | August 21, 2014
Arizona Republic
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The best films leave space for viewers to interpret the action. Here Rohmer insists on it.

Full Review… | July 31, 2014
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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.

Full Review… | July 18, 2014
Christian Science Monitor
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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.

Full Review… | July 17, 2014
Los Angeles Times
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Audience Reviews for A Summer's Tale

Eerily reminds us of how lost most of us were in our true salad days. Very old fashioned flick and plot...could be 50, 60s, 70s, ...cassettes the only giveaway! Enjoyable but painful to watch young Gaspard blow with the wind and reveal a that he has yet to develop a sense of self. Only one of the women in the love quad is worth his attention, but he is too unformed to figure it out...audience certainly has.

Matthew Carpenter
Matthew Carpenter

The moral of the tale is to love the one you're with, 'cause in the end, she's the one you're meant to be with, and the one you will miss most when the summer's over... Rohmer is one of my favorite all time directors. His works are literary, almost better read in subtitles then understood in the original French.

Joshua Powers
Joshua Powers

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