Eric Rohmer’s Tales of the Four Seasons
- A Summer’s Tale
- Conte d'été
- Eric Rohmer
- Tales of the Four Seasons
“A masterpiece … One of Rohmer’s very best films, and also one of the ’90s very best films.”David Ehrlich, A.V. Club
“Aren’t three girls at a time too many?” The third film in Eric Rohmer’s sublime “Four Seasons” cycle reunites the veteran auteur with Amanda Langlet, the sun-kissed teen heroine of Pauline at the Beach, for another beguiling, beachside tale of jeune amour. Gaspard (Melvil Poupaud) — one of the few male protagonists in late Rohmer — is a young, handsome, completely self-absorbed musician holidaying in Brittany for the summer. Awaiting the arrival of Léna (Aurélia Nolin), his not-quite girlfriend (more a “habit of coincidence,” he clarifies), Gaspard begins courting the affections of sweet, smart, ethnology student Margot (a never-better Langlet), and then Solene (Gwenaëlle Simon), her smitten friend. Léna, of course, shows up, pushing the moppy-haired romancer to choose between his three surprise suitresses. Repartee, per usual in Rohmer, only deflects from the emotional honesty so needed in the snowballing situation.
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“Funny, perceptive and, in the end, surprisingly suspenseful … A cornucopia of emotional, philosophical, and comic riches.”Geoff Andrew, Time Out