Delphine’s traveling companion cancels two weeks before her holiday, so Delphine, a Parisian secretary, is at loose ends. She doesn’t want to travel by herself, but has no boyfriend and seems unable to meet new people. Thus begins a summer looking inside herself, and outside—for love.
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Naturalistic to the point of intrusion, Rohmer's typically relaxed, conversational film, tackles weighty themes such as depression, alienation & anxiety, but in a way so subtly communicated that the pain & yearning felt by his character is almost missed. Marie Rivière is the woman unable to connect to the people around her, but so deeply connected to the natural world that it overwhelms her at every turn. Astounding.
In a pleasantly libertine Europe, where young strangers can just nod at one another by the beach and strike up plans for the evening, a painfully withdrawn young woman holds out for a rare chance at meaningful chemistry. The film is almost documentary-like, both in its offhand dialogue and supporting characters and in its relentless scrutiny of our heroine, who's resolutely herself. A triumph for Rohmer.
I tend to recommend this movie to every girl I want to sleep with to appear sensible and stuff. My success rate is 5 out of 7, in percentage that is 71.428571%. Stats do not lie so 7.14/10.0 divided by two means this gets a solid 3.57/5 ~ not bad, 4 stars
rare are films that can make such irritating and boring characters and conversations so engaging. it goes on and on about pretty much the same, just repeating it through different vacations, but with surroundings looking pretty much the same as her emotional state doesn´t change. and her delusions about being open and willing to communicate are same interesting as she gives no real effort in trying to understand
Rohmer destructs perversely the romantic ideal of love by constructing a character that pursues the material values of her bourgeois society but refuses its moral ones. Thereby the french master delivers a tragic but at the same time humorous picture that supports its philosophy on the logic of our most ancient fairy tales (adapted to a futile society). The green ray is in fact man's ability to dream in a pop world.
Depicts a very specific brand of loneliness. The kind that comes from not buying into notions of being spontaneous as catharsis. The beautiful sense of freedom contrasts the protagonists conflict almost to a painful extent. The film doesn't take sides, at first depicting Delphine's mentality almost annoying at first, but this documentary like film becomes suddenly magical emphasizing Delphine's liberation.
brilliant script, delphine represents fear, anxiety, depression and the audience is in the heart of this thunderstorm, the moments of silent despair are beautifully shot, uncomfortable episodes with delphine's inability to communicate are very lifelike, although it's more of a parable, what made me wonder most of all is that the ending doesn't seem sentimental, it's god's good will