A middle-class French girl tires of her free, and easy single lifestyle and decides she wants to get married. At a wedding reception she meets a suitable man and engineers a romance for the most part in her own head.
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Rohmer once again muses on the nature of relationships, this one analyzing the morals of two pathetic characters. But rather than making the situations awkward and cringe inducing (so as to mock them), as so many modern filmmakers would, Rohmer looks at them with compassion and sympathy thereby allowing deeper and smarter analysis into their situations.
The contradiction between traditional and modern, intellectual and emotional. Everyone governs themselves with philosophy but reveals themselves more deeply in the minute details of expression. A momentary pause or a botched smile illustrates volumes of character.
Keenly observed & sensitively told story about expectations vs. reality. A kind of 'proto-millennial' movie in this sense, where the character expects the world to fall in line with a particular ideal, only to find things more difficult in practice. It seems the least of Rohmer's work from this period; brilliantly written & performed as one might expect, but without the sense of elemental wonder needed to elevate it.
Rather painful to put oneself in Sabin's shoes. 1) I don't get her lifestyle; 2) I don't get how she manages to have such absurd beliefs; 3) I feel ashamed for her chase after weird ideals and a clearly uninterested man.
Anyway, Rohmer created a rare specimen. Three stars for my discomfort & all relatable tantrums and sceneries
What a performance by Béatrice Romand! Sabine is that real-life character that both annoys and fascinates you. She acts infantile and playful in a ridiculous fashion, but somehow it suits her and actually makes her genuinely attractive. Rohmer's talent to create enthralling films with barely any significant plot keeps on amazing me.
Interesting approach and perspective, yet too much of a quick glimpse into the topic. Moreover the main character is extremely annoying: it must have been Rohmer's intention, but it was a bit too much for me.