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A Summer's Tale

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 1996
  • Eric Rohmer
  • 109 mins
  • U

Summary

A shy maths graduate takes a holiday in Dinard before starting his first job. He hopes his sort-of girlfriend will join him, but soon strikes up a friendship with another girl working in town. She in turn introduces him to a further young lady who fancies him. Thus the quiet young lad finds he is having to do some tricky juggling in territory new to him.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Like his earlier films, Claire's Knee and Pauline at the Beach, this is a sunny treatise on the agonies of holiday romance from director Eric Rohmer. This time, however, there's a male protagonist, with Melvil Poupaud playing the graduate student waiting for his girlfriend to join him at the seaside. Torn between his love of music and his infatuations with girlfriend Aurélia Nolin, vacation waitress Amanda Langlet and her friend Gwenaëlle Simon, his prevarications are as natural as they are frustrating, as comic as they are suspenseful. Displaying again Rohmer's gift for capturing the vernacular and behaviour of youth, this third instalment of his Tales of the Four Seasons series is an absolute delight.

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Credits

Cast

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GaspardMelvil Poupaud
MargotAmanda Langlet
LénaAurélia Nolin
SolèneGwenaëlle Simon
The NewfoundlanderAimé Lefèvre
Uncle AlainAlain Guellaff
Aunt MaiwenEvelyne Lahana
AccordionistYves Guerin
CousinFranck Cabot

Crew

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DirectorEric Rohmer

Details

Theatrical distributor
Artificial Eye Film Co. Ltd
Released on
1996-09-27
Languages
French
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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