Serious-minded law student Philippe Marlaud fears the worst when he spots his girlfriend Marie Riviere leaving her apartment in the company of her ex, handsome pilot Mathieu Carriere. Intent on discovering the truth, Marlaud becomes an amateur sleuth, trailing the man around Paris. During his surveillance he attracts the attention of curious teenager Anne-Laure Meury, who winds up tagging along, a Watson to his Holmes. “A thoroughly delightful experience. It is also a theory of cinema as a precarious balancing act between fantasy and reality, between mythology and sociology, and above all, between dreaming and awakening.” – Andrew Sarris, film critic. –AFI
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