This portmanteau film explores the highs and lows of a trio of twenty-something’s love affairs in the French capital, combining all those themes cherished by Rohmer aficionados: seduction, elegant language, and love for a city called Paris.
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Three stories of people falling in and out of love, never finding (or recognizing) the right match for them, and still loving nonetheless. And a love letter from Rohmer himself to Paris, silent protagonist of all of the three chapters. I usually don't like anthologic films, but when Rohmer does his thing you just fall in love with it. Edit: I wrote love/loving four times, these movies are just filled with it. (Five.)
Even if the philosophical underpinnings on indeterminacy, causality and free-will have somehow been curbed to give way to the joy of flirtation as a coming close to and moving away from the desired subject (Rohmer indulges in urban nymphs, connoisseurs in the sexual game, yet trapped in the interstice between freedom and attachment), the result is another irresistible feat of naturalism in the micro-spaces of Paris.
big stars for: market scene's colours and vibrance; subtlety of the whispered words that became public and ridiculous by the view of the 3star hotel; the museum chase that mirrors the exciting experience of being a tourist in a foreign museum.
Generically speaking, Rohmer's collection of short stories are underwhelming when compared to the depth and maturity of his features. Many leave the impression of being minor, yet too-precious-to-be-discarded, notes. Characters are too compressed into the psychological space of a short movie.