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.
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.