A summer's tale

A summer's tale

Streaming Video - 2015 | French
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In Eric Rohmer's classic love quadrangle - released for the first time in a glorious HD restoration - Gaspard (Melvil Poupaud), a recent university graduate, visits seaside Brittany for three weeks' vacation before starting his new job. He's hoping his girlfriend, the fickle Lena (Aurelia Nolin) will join him; but as he waits, he enjoys the interest of Margot (Amanda Langlet, PAULINE AT THE BEACH) and kindles a summer romance with Solene, Margot's adventurous friend.
Publisher: [United States] : Cinema Guild : Made available through hoopla, 2015
Branch Call Number: E-VIDEO
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 113 min.)) : sd., col

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Ron@Ottawa
Mar 30, 2018

This is a talky/human-relationship film from the past. A young student spent some time at a beach town in the summer and, beyond his expectation, wound up having to interact with three attractive young woman during his short stay. This semi-love-story was told without unnecessary drama, as typical of director Rohmer. The flow of the story is good and I find it engaging. If you are looking for high drama and steaming love scenes you will be disappointed.

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VonHafenstaaad
Nov 08, 2017

A Summer's Tale is a typical Eric Rohmer film, and for those unfamiliar with Rohmer, this is as good a place to start as any. For those who are willing to lose themselves in Rohmer's style of film-making, A Summer's Tale has many rewards. For those who do not appreciate Rohmer's style, well, at least you gave it a try. To criticize a Rohmer film for being wordy and having no plot line is tantamount to criticizing a Hitchcock film for being suspenseful. Rohmer makes films in which you learn about characters through the conversations, not through the story line. They require patience and are certainly not for every taste.

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MontMoroc
Jun 21, 2017

Astute, unhurried and gently amusing, it will be welcomed by the director's fans while serving as a fine introduction for those who know him not.

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empbee
Mar 24, 2016

Boring.

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voisjoe1_0
Feb 28, 2016

In Arthur Penn’s film noir Night Moves, detective Harry Moseby is peeved when he sees his estranged wife having fun out on a date seeing the Eric Rohmer masterpiece film My Night at Maude’s. To get back at his wife he says that seeing an Eric Rohmer film is like watching paint dry. A Summer's Tale is a typical Rohmer film. Some will view contemplating the relationships between a young man and three potential girlfriends as like watching paint dry. Others will view it as a complex set of possibilities when choosing one's potential mate.

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Calvacade
Apr 21, 2015

There is always a lot of talking in Eric Rohmer's films- but usually the characters are talking their way around what really matters- and in the end what matters is revealed in various subtle ways by the characters actions- personally I find the bulk of his output to be really rich and worth seeking out. A Summer's Tale might not be his best film, but it's still a good one.

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newdog
Mar 14, 2015

The film's summary describes it as being about a shy graduate student who is in a love triangle; however, I saw it more as an intelligent, shy young man who was so desperate to feel loved that he was willing to accept scraps and be treated poorly by women who told him upfront that they were not in love with him. It was a definite role reversal for the male to show such desperation rather than the female. It was interesting; however, I'm not certain that it was interesting enough that I'd recommend it to anyone.

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