An intimate portrait of two young women's friendship is hijacked, transformed into a staging ground for Rohmer's didactic ruminations on political and moral philosophy. Reinette:"When you look at my paintings you mustn't talk. For it to get through you need silence." Mirabelle: "You go on explaining after people have got the message. People who don't know you might think you get them for idiots." Well said Rohmer.
Rohmer is a kind of ethnographer on the one hand and a philosopher like Pascal on the other. He might be the only filmmaker who provides in his work everything you need from adult relationships whilst exculpating you of the need to participate in them in the real world (where what you actually need is a small part of what you actually get). Don't let the 80s tropes fool you: R&M is an A1 back-to-basics exercise.
A rare dud from director Rohmer who has several films in my personal favs. Four episodes of two insufferable young women who first meet in the countryside before sharing a flat in Paris. The traits of the two are evident in their self-righteousness, playfulness and purposeful indignations but it hardly makes for enjoyable viewing. I suppose my main issue would be the two just don't seem the type to be friends.
Unassuming, imperfect, engaging and adorable, with more than enough charm to lubricate the silly bits. Like an occasionally hilarious relaxed hangout with interesting friends. This was my introduction to Rohmer, and if this is one of his "insignificant" films, I look forward to seeing the notable ones. 3.5, with an extra half star for Ronan Girre's catchy electropop track.
Yes. The palette of his films! The dialogue was thought provoking, especially on the topic of morality which is very typical of Rohmer. (It angered me slightly which is a positive sign, I think). The comparison between city and country, silent and loud was wonderfully done.