What a lovely movie from Éric Rohmer- a philosophical musing on the nature and morals of love that is also a great character piece. The moment at the end where the couples are wearing the reverse color patterns is just one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen!
Rohmer is a master of fables, an inventive storyteller who takes gold out of nothing. Each of his films makes the viewer want to live a bit inside of it, and it's no different with this one. His female characters are always so absurdly human that it is almost impossible not to identify with them. And the plot has the rhythm of life itself.
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.