A Summer’s Tale (Conte d’été)
“Worth the wait…, A SUMMER’S TALE has room to focus on Rohmer’s brilliance at revealing human nature through articulate, multidimensional characters, perfectly cast, who in some ways seem to exist outside of time…This gorgeous movie has such an exquisite sensitivity to subtle changes in the light and weather that it makes you feel as if you were living at the beach.
“CRITICS’ PICK. A SUMMER’S TALE feels like a great beach read of a movie, that deceptively slender paperback you tuck into your luggage because it’s substantial without weighing much…The Rohmer touch consists of nonchalance and effortless sensuality, not just in the people, but also in the landscape, somehow even in the air.
“Sublime…Rohmer has a genius for taking a seemingly mundane situation and slowly tightening the screws…Think of it as a thriller by Hitchcock—a Rohmer favorite—only with words, not knives, that cut straight to the heart.
A new HD restoration of Eric Rohmer’s classic film, released for the first time in the U.S.!
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…Rohmer’s characteristically light touch allows his characters to discourse on love and friendship, even as their body language complicates and even contradicts their words. Diane Baratier’s cinematography perfectly captures the languor of youth and the feeling of a French beach vacation–the sea, the sunlight and the lovely surroundings convey the openness of a world of possibilities faced by these young people.
with English subtitles