A Summer's Tale (conte D'ete)

on September 06, 1996 by Ed Scheid
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"A Summer's Tale" is the third part of veteran French film director Eric Rohmer's series called "Tales of the Four Seasons." Unlike his most recent films about young females, this one focuses on a young man and his romantic entanglements.
Gaspard (Mevil Poupaud) is a student spending a summer sabbatical at a seaside resort. He loves Lena; although he knows she doesn't ove him, he expects her to join him on holiday. Gaspard meets argot (Amanda Langlet), another student and part-time waitress. ecause she has a boyfriend out of the country and he's waiting for Lena, Gaspard and Margot have a friendship unencumbered by romance. He is comfortable enough with her to confide things he has not told anyone else. He admits, "I'm only myself with you," because with other girls he creates a character. Visiting a disco with Margot, Gaspard meets Solene (Gwenaelle Simon), who makes a play for him. Unexpectedly, Lena (Aurelia Nolin) arrives just as Gaspard is ready to leave for a trip. But at different times he has invited Lena, Solene and Margot to accompany him and each has accepted. Now Gaspard must quickly decide which of the three he really prefers.
Appropriately enough, "A Summer's Tale" is like a relaxing day at the beach. Rohmer has made an enjoyable comedy from this slight story. As usual in his films, the main focus is on the characters' conversations. The dialogue is both humorous and insightful as the players talk about the complications of love and friendship, and the words are spoken with natural charm by the young cast. Starring Mevil Poupaud, Amanda Langlet and Aurelia Nolin. Directed and written by Eric Rohmer. Produced by Francoise Etchegaray; no distributor set. Comedy. French-language; subtitled. Running time: 113 min.
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