The characters and social-emotional interactions between them are Rohmer-worthy, yet this film pulls off to be a lot less dry than most of his films, making it accessible to many people who get bored by Rohmer's otherwise plain, slow, plot-light style. The topic of what makes people attract each other romantically is unusually exposed and universally interesting, and the plot develops well. One of Rohmer's best.
Love is in the air for Pauline + her cousin Marion on their holiday to Normandy in this wordy French film from Rohmer. Love is debated frankly and with an overwhelming subjectivity from all parties in the encompassing love hexagon that forms. Cleverly written and simplistically filmed, Rohmer muses on the nature of love + adults' lack of wisdom in the area via some great characters, without being pretentious/tedious
An interesting take on the inter-generational views on love etc... Can't help feeling unsympathetic towards most of the characters except Pauline, who comes off surprisingly mature... There are a few moments that might make a modern audience uncomfortable, but I'll leave that to you to decide...
The sun-drenched beaches of Normandy in late summer (as photographed by Almendros) is the setting for the third of Rohmer's series of Comedies & Proverbs and l'amour is in the air for a group of holidaymakers. This is disarming entertainment; a leisurely-paced focus on human interaction with naturalistic dialogue to the fore. And the most sensible and likable character of the lot? That will be the youngest, Pauline..
Perfectly weighted or light and insubstantial? Blinkered and conservative or fresh and liberating? Eric Rohmer's films can sometimes feel like a guilty indulgence. The indolent drift of these beautiful French youngsters seems an unlikely subject for meaningful cinema but Rohmer's art, like that of Yasujiro Ozu, can bring subtle rewards. "Pauline at the Beach", while not one of his very best, is a good place to start.