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The Romance of Astrea and Celadon

Les amours d'Astrée et de Céladon

Directed by Éric Rohmer
France, Italy, 2007
Drama, Romance

Synopsis

The young shepherd, Céladon, is being rebuked by his fiancée, Astrée, who suspects that he is cheating on her. Through utter desperation he throws himself into a roaring torrent river sweeps him away… Eric Rohmer’s vision of doubt, hazard and love.

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The Romance of Astrea and Celadon Directed by Éric Rohmer
The movie is a daringly straightforward translation of an archaic work, complete with lengthy metaphysical debates about the nature of love and the essential monotheism of Druidic religion.
July 24, 2018
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With his last film, Eric Rohmer left the stage with an audacious flourish, infusing a fifth-century pastoral fantasy with a lifetime of stories, passions, and big ideas… The crucial moments are dialectical—a disputation between a faithful lover and a capering libertine, a druid’s pagan proof of monotheism and the Trinity. As a result, it takes Rohmer a long time to reunite the original pair, but from love delayed, he asserts, music, painting, poetry, architecture, and religion are born.
September 08, 2017
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Éric Rohmer’s last film is a rare thing: an enthusiastic engagement with literary pastoral at its most mannered… In the main, and especially in the film’s many nature scenes, Rohmer eschews high style in favour of a naturalistic kind of filmmaking that is less reminiscent of seventeenth-century Baroque than of the Romantic and nineteenth-century landscape traditions.
March 17, 2017
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