The protagonist is, in the end, a douchebag playing all the possible angles which makes the film a bit harder to like than other Rohmer's tales. Then again, if he wasn't, there wouldn't be a movie and all its permutations. Enjoyable and skillful, but also a bit frustrating, since the protagonist doesn't really evolve & seems to remain shallow. Amanda Langlet is sublime, maybe unfairly so; she askews the quadrangle.
Friendship, love, men and women, the head, the heart, the loins, this is like life with the extraneous and the ironic stripped away. Those French lips, downcast gazes, and sensuous performances make me feel like I’ve dreamed his movies. In an age where nearly everything has to be funny, ironic, and full of side plots and pop music, Rohmer is still a deep breath of (ocean) air. You watch with your heart. Riveting.
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.
A film about all the permutations of relationships told through three different pairings - one man and three very different women. It would be nice to think that the male piece of these puzzles is at least slightly wiser at the end but I fear that is not probably not the case. Amanda Langlet shines as Margot.
The rarest of all films. No romance here. Not really. The film seems to be about the difficult nature of relationships and the limits that stop so much goodness from ever really becoming goodness. This is the story of love. We love, lose and try our best to go on.
Ah, youth. Wanting the freedom of not being tied down or having to choose and also wanting to be adored and be chosen by others. Rohmer's ironic romance picture shows that in love and friendship, commitment is important and so is becoming an adult in a relationship. I love Rohmer's flawed characters, who never seem to understand themselves and make plenty of mistakes, as does Gaspard with the trio of girls.
Interesting to see an older filmmaker handle some of the pleasures and pains of youth so deftly. Perhaps it's best they are examined from a distance. I think Rohmer kept all the interconnected themes of desire, longing, self, friendship and love simmering along quite nicely. Chance and circumstance are perfect devices to play out these ideas. Only 4 stars as I found the editing a bit annoying. Less is more for me.
This was a nicely innocent meditation on the nature of friendship, love, and self-absorption. Dialogue and editing were thoughtful and well-paced: It looks like a cheap faux-arts film at first, but the more one watches, the more nuanced everything seems. Not a terribly weighty film, just nice. Very nice.
It takes a bit of time to get going but once the sails are set it's as enjoyable a 100 minutes as you're going to get this summer. There is a hypnotic quality to this very simple tale of one young man spreading himself thin between 3 more or less demanding summer amourettes and even though not much happens, there is a clear sense here that one just witnessed some sort of art. Fantastic!