A middle-class French girl (Béatrice Romand) tires of her free, and easy single lifestyle and decides she wants to get married. At a wedding reception she meets a suitable man and engineers a romance for the most part in her own head.
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Keenly observed & sensitively told story about expectations vs. reality. A kind of 'proto-millennial' movie in this sense, where the character expects the world to fall in line with a particular ideal, only to find things more difficult in practice. It seems the least of Rohmer's work from this period; brilliantly written & performed as one might expect, but without the sense of elemental wonder needed to elevate it.
Rather painful to put oneself in Sabin's shoes. 1) I don't get her lifestyle; 2) I don't get how she manages to have such absurd beliefs; 3) I feel ashamed for her chase after weird ideals and a clearly uninterested man.
Anyway, Rohmer created a rare specimen. Three stars for my discomfort & all relatable tantrums and sceneries
What a performance by Béatrice Romand! Sabine is that real-life character that both annoys and fascinates you. She acts infantile and playful in a ridiculous fashion, but somehow it suits her and actually makes her genuinely attractive. Rohmer's talent to create enthralling films with barely any significant plot keeps on amazing me.
Who doesn't daydream? From the opening credits (funky orange accompanied by ridiculous synths) and La Fontaine parable, it is apparent that something is very different about Le beau mariage. This is a refreshing comedy—there are no "jokes" to speak of, but the way the characters' actions betray the philosophical stances they are always so eager to establish prompted more than a few wry chuckles.
Rohmer takes my breath away whenever he manages to transform daily insecurities about love and relationships into devices that are able to trigger self-discovery and existencial change. And in A Good Marriage this is exactly what is lacking. It is still a good movie, but one unable to honor it's creator's talent.
The contradiction between traditional and modern, intellectual and emotional. Everyone governs themselves with philosophy but reveals themselves more deeply in the minute details of expression. A momentary pause or a botched smile illustrates volumes of character.