A Summer's Tale
A Summer's Tale (2014)

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… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: November 18, 2014
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Consensus: With A Summer's Tale, Eric Rohmer continues his "Tales of the Four Seasons" in typically Rohmeresque fashion -- and for cineastes, that's excellent news indeed.

Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

A Summer's Tale is one of those movies where it looks like nothing is happening ...

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

The best films leave space for viewers to interpret the action. Here Rohmer insists on it.

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Josh Kupecki
Austin Chronicle

The film is a welcome tonic to the cinematic landfill that gets pushed into theatres this time of year.

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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

Few directors could say as much with as little as Eric Rohmer.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

This is a movie of high innocence, set at a time in life when romantic love is still a frolic and the seaside is a balm that quells all ills.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

[Rohmer] gives us a concept of time passed, of meals eaten, of travel and weather. In other words, these characters are talking about their lives while they live them, trying to figure it all out as it happens.

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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic

There's a purity to the experience of watching a film so naturalistic, like living in someone else's life for two hours.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Astute, unhurried and gently amusing, it will be welcomed by the director's fans while serving as a fine introduction for those who know him not.

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Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

This one perfectly captures the promise of summer love, of flings that may not lead anywhere and probably weren't supposed to, practiced by young people who believe everything good lies ahead of them.

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