Magali is a middle-aged widow and wine-grower living in the Rhone valley. She pines for a new man in her life, but doubts whether she will ever find someone. Her friend, Isabelle, puts a lonely hearts ad in a newspaper and manages to get a response. All she has to do now is contrive for Magali and her prospective new boyfriend to meet. Unfortunately, Magali’s son’s girlfriend has also decided to try a bit of matchmaking, pairing Magali off with her ex-boyfriend… —Films de France
The most subtle and traditional of the many luminaries launched to prominence as a member of the French New Wave, Eric Rohmer is also among the movement’s most consistent and enduring talents. Basing his work upon antecedents in literature as much as those in the cinema, Rohmer made his name crafting talky, feather-light romantic comedies and chamber dramas distinguished by economical camerawork, a warmly ironic tone, an affection for youth, and a fascination with place and time. His intensely personal private life — according to legend, not even his own mother knew he was an internationally acclaimed, albeit pseudonymously named, filmmaker — has stood in direct contrast to the emotional openness of his movies, which, in intimate and illuminating detail, explore the limitless entanglements, disappointments, and possibilities facing contemporary relationships.
Born Jean-Marie Maurice Scherer on December 1, 1920, in Nancy, France, Rohmer later relocated to Paris, where he worked variously… read more