Sometimes when you're desperately in love you can't help but feel like you're on the outside of it all, never truly living in your experience, which — tragically — makes you less lovable to the people you obsess over!
Rohmer strikes again with a clever story and great dialogue. (Rohmer has frequently been funny, but rarely laugh-out-loud like this.) The second act is particularly good. It's impressive how a little misinformation—both within the narrative and woven into the actual structure of the film—can make it so difficult to think nothing.
Again and again Rohmer sheds light on the ambiguous nature of romantic relationships, each time with renewed creativity. The arguments and emotional dynamic between François and Anne is recognizable to many, and in a subtle way Rohmer makes you chuckle at the ridiculousness of it all. Then there's Lucie and her adventurous spontaneity, which really adds an extra dimension to this film. It's deep but witty. Very nice!