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.
A classic, I haven't seen this in maybe 15 years, but it reminded me that I must get back to watching Rohmer movies. Simple scenarios, natural dialogue and the joy of communicating ideas with fellow humans. On a school trip to Paris in the 80s, I stayed in a Paris suburb that looked a little like this, and for that reminiscence alone I love this movie.
Reminds me of those teenage magazine photo stories come to life. The slightly surreal, futuristique suburban setting and single colour tops/slacks have a blandness which serves to heighten the comments and emotions of the characters. Not as low-key as it may first appear.
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.