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A Tale of Winter

(Conte d'hiver)
France 1992. Dir: Eric Rohmer. 114 min. DCP

“A nearly perfect work, in performance as well as execution” (Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader), Eric Rohmer’s late-career triumph is among the writer-director’s most articulate, affecting, and earnest explorations of love and faith, in an oeuvre replete with variations on those themes. Either a Christian parable or an ode to cosmic coincidence — or some medley of both — Rohmer’s wintry romance centres on Félicie (Charlotte Véry), a single mother and Parisian coiffeuse who, five years earlier, had a passionate affaire de cœur while on vacation that ended with a botched exchange of addresses and a baby en route. Now Félicie finds she’s unable to choose between two committed suitors — her burly, no-nonsense boss and an intellectual librarian — believing, against reason, that her lost love will return. Shakespeare’s The Winter's Tale factors in, as do the sublime, heart-lifting pleasures of Rohmer’s The Green Ray, the film’s closest cousin. “This is Rohmer at his very best” (Geoff Andrew, Time Out).

 

REVIEWS

A Tale of Winter finds Rohmer at his scintillating best, never wiser or funnier.”

LA Times | full review

“Deceptively casual, delightfully smart … Forty years after he and his friends championed personal cinema, Rohmer's Tale of Winter shows, perfectly, what it means to write a story in film.”

Chicago Tribune | full review