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French Cinematheque: A SUMMER’S TALE (Conte d’été)

DIRECTED BY: Eric Rohmer

STARRING: Melvil Poupaud, Amanda Langlet, Gwenaëlle Simon



Co-presented by the Alliance Francaise of Greenwich

Gaspard (Melvil Poupaud), a recent university graduate, arrives at the seaside in Bretagne for three weeks' vacation before starting a new job. He's hoping his sort-of girlfriend, the fickle Léna (Aurélia Nolin), will join him there; but as the days pass, he welcomes the interest of Margot (Amanda Langlet, the titular character from Rohmer's Pauline at the Beach), a student of ethnology working as a waitress for the summer. Things start to get complicated when the spoken-for Margot encourages Gaspard to have a summer romance with her friend, Solène (Gwenaëlle Simon), and he complies. When Léna turns up, and scheduling complications abound, Gaspard will have to make a choice... (C) Big World Pictures


LANGUAGE: In French with English subtitles


RUNNING TIME: 113 minutes


QUOTES: “Vintage Rohmer, his most richly satisfying film in a number of outings. Precisely and fully playing out the intimate implications of a chaste ménage a quatre, the vet French auteur may also have served up his most commercial entry in more than a decade...” –Todd McCarthy, Variety

“The sunniest and funniest of Rohmer’s seasonal tales...wonderfully suspenseful and manipulative as a classical farce...Rohmer provides insights aplenty into matters of love, friendship, fidelity, loneliness, luck, destiny and desire...If it all appears artless, look again...Truly great art seldom feels a need to draw attention to itself.” –Time Out London

“4/5 Stars! Vintage Rohmer...A beautiful and bittersweet romantic comedy from the evergreen French writer/director....Rohmer never patronizes his twentysomething creations and their emotional dilemmas, and the cast respond with winningly naturalistic performances.” –Tom Dawson, BBC





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