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The Aviator's Wife

(La femme de l’aviateur)
France 1981. Dir: Eric Rohmer. 104 min. DCP

“It is impossible to think of nothing.” The first of Eric Rohmer’s six-film series Comedies and Proverbs is a droll and delightful comedy of manners. A jealous law student (Philippe Marlaud, who died tragically shortly after the film’s release) enlists the help of a vivacious schoolgirl (Anne-Laure Meury) in spying on his girlfriend (The Green Ray’s Marie Rivière), whom he believes has resumed a love affair with a married pilot (Mathieu Carrière). The director renders this Paris-set tale of romantic intrigue and misunderstanding with his customary wit, irony, and warmth, and elicits touching performances from his young cast. “A hilarious, wonderfully bittersweet acknowledgement of the chasms between people trying to understand and be understood" (Geoff Andrew, Time Out). “A perfect film ... Charming, languorous, piercing, discreet — quintessential Rohmer and more” (Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader).

 

REVIEWS

"Contains a wonderful, quiet wit, and a view of its characters that could be called affectionate anthropology."

Roger Ebert | full review