Marion is about to divorce from her husband and takes her 15-year-old niece Pauline on a vacation to Granville. There, the two navigate the men around them on the emptying Atlantic coast of an autumn holiday.
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Comedies and proverbs. Totally. We remain a comedy for the Gods. And God bless Pauline. At least the kid seems to basically get it. I find myself prematurely ancient, able to get a good purchase on this material now. I see this movie w/ the eyes of an anthropologist. I would like to think. I having nothing to do w/ the business on display ... until I do. Pure madness. That people actually hook up. Fascinating.
Three stars in the context of Rohmer's filmography; otherwise, four. (All measurements are arrived at using sensitive and carefully calibrated instruments pulled right out of my ass. I'm much more comfortable now, thanks for asking.) I defy you to identify a lighter-hearted, better-intended strain of wistful, pleasure-seeking cynicism about passion and self-deception in alla ze cinema. May be a bit wan for some.
An exceedingly leisurely if sometimes inconsistent farce where—apropos the thematic proverb about wagging your tongue—everyone tells a lie to everyone else at some point or another, wittingly or unwittingly. Motives can be frustratingly loose in some of Rohmer's scenes. But he centers the story beautifully on a teenager out to make goddamn sure she doesn't mimic the idle, confused, deluded games of the adults.
This is really a beautiful but brutal film about people trying to grapple with who they fall in love with. On one level there's a closeness with all the characters with how they are able to be so frank with each other but more often than not it becomes hurtful.Pauline is one of the great female protagonists constantly coming to terms with everyone else's shortcomings which become really maddening at times.