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The Green Ray

Le rayon vert

Directed by Éric Rohmer
France, 1986
Drama, Romance


Delphine’s traveling companion cancels two weeks before her holiday, so Delphine, a Parisian secretary, is at loose ends. She doesn’t want to travel by herself, but has no boyfriend and seems unable to meet new people. Thus begins a summer looking inside herself, and outside—for love.

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The Green Ray Directed by Éric Rohmer
Despite its outdated emphasis on women finding a “mate” in order to feel whole, The Green Ray still speaks to a universal need to be understood… To truly connect with someone — romantically or platonically — is a rare occurrence. To not have had that emotional connection for so long is what led Delphine to despair, yet The Green Ray shows how even the most hopeless person can find optimism again in simple, everyday things.
August 23, 2017
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Shot on super 16mm, the film looks as grainy as a beach picnic on a windy day. It has an unflinching naturalism and authenticity which makes this ambling, unfocused quest for an elusive good time into painfully compulsive viewing.
June 24, 2017
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Rohmer finds the beauty in her intense ascetic solitude, and grants her an ending of offhand sublimity… Rohmer wanted the intimacy of a home movie, and got a tremblingly open-nerved performance from Rivière as a result.
July 12, 2016
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