I want to tell you something funny. Two days earlier I had a dream, I was cooking while smoking and someone told me "I've never seen someone cooking while smoking," and I casually said "Now you have,". In one particular scene on A Tale of Springtime, Eve was peeling potatoes with a lit cigarette between her fingers. Guess what Natacha stated? "I've never seen someone cooking while smoking".
9/10 "The heroine, Jeanne, who teaches philosophy, suddenly takes a sort of sidereal perspective from herself and realizes giving in to the man who was courting her is secondary, that she was absent from herself when she said a few words, which meant yes.
Rohmer = talk, usually thoughtful talk; in this case very thoughtful talk as the protagonist teaches philosophy and that occasionally becomes the topic of conversation. Love is also discussed. And life. And desires. People manipulate. People are manipulated. People realize they have been manipulated and respond with varying degrees of annoyance or anger. All much more interesting and engaging than it sounds.
I showed this to a friend, who couldn't take the elaborate coincidences, contrived plotting, etc. For me, the unlikely narrative apparatus is an expression of modest hope-- that spring will come again.
People talk when the music of Schumann is playing. I love this "spring" even more than "summer" and "winter". I think it's one of the most accessible work of Rohmer. Btw, this is the 5th movie of Rohmer that I've watched, but I love him already.