My favourite scene is towards the end, where Louise talks to the illustrator. It captures everything I love about Rohmer's work; the relaxed, conversational way that he develops his characters, the sense of nocturnal adventure, the moral dilemmas faced by characters unable to shape the world to their own whims & the metaphysical role that the elements & the cosmos play in providing a backdrop to the human experience.
One of Rohmer's masterpieces, this is one of the most philosophically astute treatises on love and modernity. Brilliantly acted, it is led by an impeccable Pascale Ogier who epitomizes the dualistic tensions in women's freedom to own their body and fate. Men do nor fare much better though and the witty dialogue and sparse style reveal Rohmer's love for his flawed characters. It features an astonishing party sequence!
Rohmer conceived a lot of great female roles, but a good role is nothing without a great actress to fill its shoes. Here, Pascale Ogier shows what it is to fully embody a character and still be able to provide a personal touch that wouldn't be there were it played by somebody else. And what about the outfits, the dancing sequences, the scene in the motorcycle under the moonlight? One of Rohmer's greatest movies.
Probably the only romantic film to be established on geo-demographic principles. Talky in the best possible way and, even if Louise and Octave are each rather insufferable and self-centred, Ogier's and Luchini's performances win the viewer over. One of a number of great films Rohmer made in the 1980s.
Pascale Ogier (1958-1984) shines as Louise, who decides that she can never be the suburban (banlieue) wife and so spruces up a Paris apartment owned by her family (convenient, n'est-ce pas?). Fabrice Luchini makes the best of his role as the 'friend-zoned' Octave, who functions as confidant and co-conspirator. A classic Éric Rohmer film, somewhat diluted by the contemporary 1980s setting oozing from most scenes.
Sometimes we get what we ask for only to find that it was not what we really wanted at all. If we are lucky, it is a lesson learned. Here however I fear that is not the case. One day our heroine will find what she truly seeks...but by then it will be too late. Wonderful performances.
Pascale Ogier, who died tragically shortly after winning the equivalent of a French Oscar for this film, is perfectly cast as a strong-willed but conflicted young adult who has a taste for the city lights of Paris but needs warm companionship. Rohmer, as in other of his films, explores the ultimate sadness of someone who cannot have it all and ends up with little. A traditionally shot film with dialogue that soars.