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Film Info
Rating:Not Rated
Runtime:114 mins
Director:Eric Rohmer
Year Released:1996
Production Country:France
Language:In French with English subtitles

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"A great beach read of a movie, that deceptively slender paperback you tuck into your luggage because it's substantial without weighing much." - Village Voice

"Rohmer's sun-kissed love quadrangle remains as fresh and romantically profound as it was 18 years ago." - Entertainment Weekly

"Having a heretofore-unseen work by Rohmer in a movie theatre is as salutary as basking in a ray of June sunshine... both entirely apt and rather hilarious." - Glenn Kenny, rogerebert.com

In this third of French New Waver Éric Rohmer’s "Tales of the Four Seasons" series, 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...

Rohmer's characteristically light touch allows his characters to discourse on love and friendship, even as their body language complicates and even contradicts their words. Diane Baratier’s cinematography perfectly captures the languor of youth and the feeling of a French beach vacation—the sea, the sunlight and the lovely surroundings convey the openness of a world of possibilities faced by these young people.