One of the problems with Rohmer has to do with the illustrative nature of some of his films. He has a point to make, but you can see the scaffolding he's used to build the thing. I also think this is a bit too much like 'Claire's Knee' with a younger protagonist. Still, it was enjoyable because of the high quality of the print. Thank you.
My first Rohmer and already I can tell that he will be a favorite of mine due to his understated style(it takes 7 minutes before a single line of dialogue). Commitments, half-commitments, lovers and friends. These are the dilemmas that plague our characters as they go where the tide takes them, to lovers & friends to whom they make their vow for until sunset when they are again adrift in a tumultuous sea of desire.
Oh, decisions, decisions. If girls were all alike, but only one was nice. Why are they so different with their distinctive qualities? Maybe it's a different part in each of them that likes me too, I don't know. Summer's short, and I'm making memmories for the lonely winters of my adulthood.
As in the final scene of 'Ma nuit chez Maud', Rohmer's beaches are full of hedge bets and complete bastards. An idyll of indecision and twilight for the victim, our stoic waitress, Amanda Langlet, a waif amid forces. Shore these fragments, ruin.
A Summer's Tale showcases Rohmer's penchant for using youth to explore the dilemmas of attachment and identity. The film exudes a feeling of optimism, and Amanda Langlet is lovely. The people and locations in Normandy are equally beautiful, and as new experiences, the film contemplates what it takes to "get to know" someone or something.
Watching this as a twenty-something male made me feel a bit sheepish. Like someone was revealing all my ugly secrets to the world. Rohmer depicts human shallowness and inanity with absurd precision, while remaining completely empathetic. He's a completely unique filmmaker. I'm also fascinated by his ability to make films that are all so similar yet never feel repetitive.