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Pauline at the Beach

(Pauline à la plage)
France 1982. Dir: Eric Rohmer. 95 min. 35mm

35mm PRINT | “A wagging tongue bites itself.” This sensuous, sun-drenched roundelay, chronologically the third film in Rohmer’s Comedies and Proverbs cycle, is set on the beaches of Normandy, and earned Rohmer Best Director honours at Berlin in 1983. Young Pauline (Amanda Langlet) and older cousin Marion (Arielle Dombasle) arrive for a two-week holiday at the family cottage, and become entangled in various romantic complications with men. For the 15-year-old title character, the summer becomes an education in the messy adult world of love, lust, and deception. The Matisse-inspired visuals are by master cinematographer Nestor Almendros, in his final work with Rohmer. The film, characteristically witty, nuanced, and literate, was Rohmer’s biggest North American hit. “A brilliant erotic comedy ... It’s the perfect summer art-house movie” (David Denby, New York magazine).


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REVIEWS

"A film of devastating irony and deep compassion."

Chicago Reader | full review

"I hope that Pauline at the Beach will win new admirers for Mr. Rohmer, one of the most original and elegant film makers at work today in any country."

New York Times | full review