Blanche and Lea meet and become friends. Lea is thinking of leaving her boyfriend Fabien, and Blanche falls for Lea’s dashing, witty friend Alexandre, but is tongue-tied with him. Lea goes on holiday, and Blanche, still smitten with Alexandre, begins to get to know Fabien.
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A playful film in which we are taught how comically wrong our intuitions can be. As always, Rohmer knows how to balance realistic emotions and social interactions, and playful situations that are just unlikely enough to happen in real life to serve the comical purpose. On another note: how incredibly beautiful are those suburbs of Paris? Beautiful film in each and every way.
When I first watched it I found it to be exceedingly average. Second time I was rather flattened with its mastery. Now I think it's extraordinary, Ozu-esque. Frankly I find all the freaking color-swapping to be boring as all get out... but the rest...
Rohmer's ingredients - articulate middle class pretty young things searching for love and meaning - are almost designed for me to hate this kind of film, but such is the subtlety and purity of his approach that he totally wins me over. He never pushes the sentimentality too far, and the setting of the suburban development depicts the vacuity from which his protagonists seek escape both professionally and personally.
Never in any film have the various protagonists bumped into each other in the street as often as happens in this! ... I always want to dislike the verbose , slightly dull middle class twentysomethings with which Rohmer populated his films but somehow I always get drawn in ... It definitely wont set your pants on fire but if you dig the Rohmer thing (which is a pretty unique) you may find it charming.