In just a few simple lines, Fermière à Montfaucon gives a picture of the French countryside in the 1960s: the last moments of a disappearing, changing world. The simplest documentary images are there to make us aware of the raison d’être of agriculture, harvesting the fruits of a cyclical and repetitive nature. As the seasons go by, Eric Rohmer films a farmer’s wife, Monique Sendron, and under the director’s watchful eye, she tells us of her life on the farm and her involvement in farmers’ organisations. The softly spoken woman gives us a portrait of herself and her life where, in her words, “the danger here is closing in on yourself”. —Festival Premier Plans d’Angers
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