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3.9
1,421 Ratings

Pauline at the Beach

Pauline à la plage

Directed by Éric Rohmer
France, 1983
Drama, Romance, Comedy

Synopsis

Marion is about to divorce from her husband and takes her 15-year-old niece Pauline on a vacation to Normandy. There, the two navigate the men around them. Marion runs into her old flame Pierre and attempts to set him up with Pauline, while she starts a liaison with middle-aged Henri.

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Pauline at the Beach Directed by Éric Rohmer

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

1983 | Winner: Best Director (Silver Berlin Bear)

1983 | Honorable Mention: OCIC Award (Forum of New Cinema)

Boston Society of Film Critics Awards

1983 | Winner: FIPRESCI Prize

The film was a still a financial success at home and abroad, and stands as one of Rohmer’s purely pleasurable works, from the location to the outfits (I don’t have the language for fashion, but my wife exclaimed any time Arielle Dombasle appeared in a new ensemble), to the romantic nettle woven by their pretty words. Marion, Henri, and Pierre cannot live up to those words, but Pauline, with her reflective, penetrating stare, offers the possibility of authenticity, and an enduring love.
July 05, 2016
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Pauline at the Beach recalls the unobtrusive formalism of Rohmer’s early work. Cinematographer Néstor Almendros captures the pale sunlight of the Brittany coast, using its harsh glints to match Pauline’s penetrating study of her peers, while the mostly static camera speaks to her grounded feelings.
February 22, 2016
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Despite the way that the film foregrounds the incongruities in a character’s spoken philosophies vs. their actions, Rohmer isn’t so much interested in parading their naïveté as he is in finding the small tragedies and ironies that occur in their various romantic involvements. A comedy that plays like particularly tantalizing gossip, PAULINE AT THE BEACH exhibits Rohmer at his most amusing.
October 09, 2015
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