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3.9
1,169 Ratings

A Summer's Tale

Conte d'été

Directed by Éric Rohmer
France, 1996
Comedy, Drama, Romance

Synopsis

Graduate Gaspard goes on holiday to the seaside. He’s hoping his sort-of girlfriend Léna will join him there; but as time passes, he welcomes the interest of Margot. When Margot encourages him to have a romance with her friend Solène, he complies. But when Léna turns up, Gaspard will have to choose.

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A Summer's Tale Directed by Éric Rohmer
One of Rohmer’s few male protagonists (the film often feels like a throwback to the masculine bull sessions of the Moral Tales), Gaspard is reported to be a highly autobiographical character who runs through a composite of events from the director’s life. Rohmer doesn’t look back with nostalgia, but with a lucid gimlet eye, his Gaspard one of high ideals and evasive, indecisive actions.
July 19, 2016
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[Rohmer’s] method of composing conversations places a large amount of negative space around each subject, drawing the viewer’s attention to the nuances of their physicality and how they interact with their surroundings. Rohmer lavishes attention on minor habits and gestures: Gaspard’s tendency to either walk slightly ahead or lag slightly behind of Margot, which gives him an excuse to avoid direct eye contact.
June 21, 2015
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These awkward, semi-tragic misconnections offer their own sense of playful delight, because they leave the mind buzzing in game-like speculation amidst the uncertainty. What’s really going on with that person? What are they thinking? Difficult to grasp for all their delicacy, these moments where our standing with someone remains impalpable pass quickly through our lives.
March 08, 2015
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