A Tale of Springtime (1992)




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French filmmaker Eric Rohmer begins his Tales of the Four Seasons series with A Tale of Springtime about the reactions of a woman -- who prefers to maintain order and sense in her life -- when she is confronted with a less-than-orderly situation. Parisian philosophy teacher Jeanne is temporarily without a place to stay as her cousin occupies her own home and she refuses to stay in her boyfriend's messy apartment while he is away. A young pianist, Natasha, offers the use of her house and she accepts. After the two become friends, it is apparent there is rivalry between Natasha and her father Igor's girlfriend Eve. As Natasha's father drifts away from Eve, Natasha, who normally insists on keeping a distance in these matters finds herself in more of a mess. Fortunately, after pausing to consider involving herself further, she gracefully removes herself from the problems within this family and moves out of Natasha's place. Tale of Springtime is a good example of how Rohmer tells a story of the inner machinations and thoughts of the characters in his films rather than of their actions, while keeping the keen interest of the audience. A Winter's Tale is the following installment.
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Florence Darel
as Natacha
Sophie Robin
as Gaelle
Marc Lelou
as Gildas
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Critic Reviews for A Tale of Springtime

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

Mr. Rohmer's films look like no one else's. They are direct and clean, the movie equivalent to prose that dispenses with adjectives and adverbs.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
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A Tale of Springtime presents a rare and wonderful opportunity to discover a trio of multidimensional cinematic characters. Once you've been introduced, you won't want to be parted from them, whether or not Springtime ends.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
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We can recognized the rhythms of real life, in which personal drama sometimes has to wait while we attend to routine duties.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
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French film aficionados might find something satisfying about this little film, but apart from a unique Gallic perspective on the relationships that are presented in the film, there is little to hold the viewer's interest.

Full Review… | March 23, 2002
Apollo Guide

I am beginning to see how each of his films is a small piece of the one lifelong movie he's be cobbling all these years. And I am beginning to see how who I am at different points in my life affects my responses.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Austin Chronicle

While it's true that his characters sometimes over-explain their motivations, on the whole A Tale of Springtime is up to Rohmer's usual standard.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Audience Reviews for A Tale of Springtime


This is how gentle people behave. Natasha is young and hurt by her parents' divorce. She grows competitive with her father's new girlfriend, Eve, who is only a few years only than she. Eve gets competitive back. There is a small fight, when ends when everyone volunteers to leave, as gentle people should. Natasha's father tried to seduce her new friend, but the seduction is stopped without rancor. No one changes. They find friends, almost lose them, but re-establish them. The film is as restful as a gentle friend.

Terry Brennan
Terry Brennan

Rohmer = talk, usually thoughtful talk; in this case very thoughtful talk as the protagonist teaches philosophy and that occasionally becomes the topic of conversation. Love is also discussed. And life. And desires. People manipulate. People are manipulated. People realize they have been manipulated and respond with varying degrees of annoyance or anger. All much more interesting and engaging than it sounds.

Michael Harbour
Michael Harbour

Rohmer captures the mood of spring quite well in this simple tale peppered with dialogues of "true" philosophy.

Aaron Chuah
Aaron Chuah

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