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902 Ratings

The Aviator's Wife

La femme de l'aviateur

Directed by Éric Rohmer
France, 1981
Drama, Comedy, Romance


A young man is obsessed with the true feelings of his girlfriend, and when he sees her with another man, he tries to think of all the possibilities. His casual meeting with a smart 15-year-old girl in a park will help him in his quest. In the end, the truth will hit him in the head…

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The Aviator's Wife Directed by Éric Rohmer

Critics reviews

Rivière gives us a mischievous master class on how dialogue works: this isn’t two people talking but one talking while the other listens and then responds. In this 26-minute tour-de-force, she mostly lies in a bed in her tiny Parisian apartment, listening to François (Philippe Marlaud) and repeatedly asking him to leave only to allow him to stay longer each time.
July 01, 2015
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In astute, luminous jaunts through city streets and parks, Rohmer constructs an exquisite web of coincidences that he elevates into a sort of destiny.
April 20, 2015
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Second viewing, June 2014: much better-looking DVD may have helped (thanks, Arrow) – but what really delighted me this time was the structural feint of abandoning the ostensible heroine (with her various dilemmas and frustrations) for an entire second act when it charmingly regresses into Nancy Drew adventure with a side of chaste teenage flirtation, only to return to push-pull neurotic dynamics in the final stretch.
June 21, 2014
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