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The Green Ray
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THE GREEN RAY

Le rayon vert

Directed by Éric Rohmer
France, 1986
Drama, Romance

Synopsis

After her traveling companion cancels two weeks before her holiday, Delphine, a Parisian secretary, is at a loose end. She doesn’t want to travel alone, but has no boyfriend and seems unable to meet new people. Thus begins a summer of looking within and outside herself for love.

Synopsis

After her traveling companion cancels two weeks before her holiday, Delphine, a Parisian secretary, is at a loose end. She doesn’t want to travel alone, but has no boyfriend and seems unable to meet new people. Thus begins a summer of looking within and outside herself for love.

Our take

Rohmer’s tale of a young woman thwarted in love and getting older may be one of our favourite films of all time. Blossoming from a fragile performance by Marie Rivière—one of the most frustrating yet moving in screen history—the film captures all of life’s longing in its sublime, humane simplicity.