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829 Ratings

A Tale of Winter

Conte d'hiver

Directed by Éric Rohmer
France, 1992


Felicie and Charles have a serious if whirlwind holiday romance. Due to a mix-up on addresses they lose contact, and five years later, with a daughter as a reminder of that long-ago summer, Felicie is left unable to commit to anything else wondering what might have been.

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A Tale of Winter Directed by Éric Rohmer
The film gestures towards the masterpieces of two of Rohmer’s influences, one a precursor, Carl Dreyer, who he interviewed for Cinéastes de notre temps, and one a contemporary, John Cassavetes. Compared to Ordet’s miracle ending and A Woman Under the Influence’s miracle that the family stays together at the end, Rohmer’s ending is uniquely low-key. The film’s miracle has little magic—only faith, which Félicie often speaks of.
December 19, 2014
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The conception may be a little too rigorously Catholic for some tastes (including mine), but Rohmer has become such a master of his chosen classic genre — the crystalline philosophical tale of character and romantic choice — that this is a nearly perfect work, in performance as well as execution, with an apposite if ambiguous extended reference to Shakespeare’s A Winter’s Tale in the penultimate act.
July 15, 1994
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This story works delightfully well as a romantic comedy with a mellow mood and a warm sense of humanity… Rarely has this great filmmaker been so successful at blending his most serious concerns with such engaging entertainment.
February 25, 1994
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