Suzanne's Career (1963)

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Suzanne's Career is the second of six short films that make up the Six Moral Tales series by French New Wave director Eric Rohmer. This 54-minute segment was shot in Paris with 16 mm black-and-white film. Bertrand (Philippe Beuzen) and Guillaume (Christian Charrière) are friends. They take advantage of Suzanne (Catherine Sée) and Sophie (Diane Wilkinson). ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi

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  • Jul 24, 2014
    <b>Eric Rohmer's 2nd Moral Tale</b> --><i>Possible moral topic(s) treated:</i> Love triangles. More complex than the previous moral tale, Rohmer's 16 mm black-and-white lens seems more reminiscent from the cinéma verité of John Cassavetes (<i>Shadows</i> [1959]) than a participant of the New Wave movement, employing impressionistic French locations and unskilled actors with an environment devoid of any music. Moments, people and thoughts are what matter here, not style, or even the plot. Although the emotional evolvement of the characters has increased in difficulty and depth, the delivery is less inspired and convincing than the simplicity of <i>The Girl at the Monceau Bakery</i> (1963). Still, the most wonderful stunt is to transform the idea of a love triangle that seemingly originated from an easily manipulated woman to a web of unspoken soliloquies representing the mental machinations that lead to the complications of friendships and subtle revenge in relationships. Although this movie also features three main characters and a short length, it introduces secondary characters heavy in importance and all the members of the love trio play an equally active role. There was a decline in rating, but a clear step forward. Now Rohmer must work in the entertainment factor. 75/100
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  • Dec 05, 2010
    Bertrand, a scrawny philosophical student living in Paris, spectates on his egoistic friend's relationship with a naive girl. While discussing European directors with my Dad, he brought up Eric Rohmer and said that he was a great underrated director. Recently my Dad brought home "Eric Rohmer's Six Morale Tales", and out of boredom I watched this one. The acting was generally mediocre, though at times the actors were able to evoke that "hidden scars" emotion or express some sort of underlaying tension. More than anything, the film works as a time capsule from early 1960s Paris and you get the feeling that your actually experiencing the whole loose/college lifestyle that the characters are portraying. Also, it's well photographed and manages to retain astounding atmosphere. The narrative unravels more like a piece of literature than a film, which is why this stands out in a sea of obscure foreign classics. Even though every character comes off as either too mundane or too simple; Bertrand's narration provides a philosophical look at every crack and crevice in their personalities. That being said; it's very slow and there aren't any explosions, shoot-outs, or car chases; but I really enjoyed this one because you could tell that Rohmer is a intelligent person who wants his audience to actually learn something from his film, and all the while proving his passion for film-making. Ultimately, it's a fascinating cinematic endeavor from the Beat Generation. 91/100
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  • May 05, 2008
    The second of the moral tales. I found the first one, The Bakery Girl Of Monceau, slightly better than this one. Still this is a very enjoyable short film.
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