A Summer's Tale
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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… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"For all his seeming facility with the opposite sex, Gaspard is really a romantic idiot. And aren't we all, Rohmer suggests."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"...an easygoing sort of film. Rohmer takes his time getting where he's going. His is a measured gait, however, not just narrative meandering."
‑ Jamie S. Rich, Oregonian
"It's a complex character study that reveals how little we can know of someone through conversation, as conversation often changes the way we both perceive and portray our sense of who we are."
‑ Landon Palmer, Film School Rejects
"The seasons, summer especially, are so atmospheric and weighted with many good associations and memories, all of which makes A Summer's Tale a nice cinematic diversion for any season."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"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."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"The fresh-faced actors, realistic dialogue and naturalistic performances suggest a casual approach, but as the story progresses, the filmmaker's control is increasingly evident."
‑ Mark Jenkins, Washington Post
"If it lacks its predecessor's subtlety and depth, it compensates with its own abundance of more immediate pleasures."
‑ Max Nelson, Film Comment Magazine
"Despite its googly-eyed missive to the power of romance fueling confidence and comfort, A Summer's Tale is most salient when addressing the bonds of friendship."
‑ Nick McCarthy, Slant Magazine
"An emotionally rich tale with lots of tasty talk about the way men and women deal with each other, knowingly or otherwise."
‑ Marshall Fine, Hollywood & Fine
"The world turns, the sun rises and sets, and the ocean's waves splash on idyllic beaches in Eric Rohmer's "A Summer's Tale.""
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"Originally released in 1996 in France (but never before in the U.S.), Eric Rohmer's sun-kissed love quadrangle remains as fresh and romantically profound as it was 18 years ago."
‑ Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly
"Wise, honest, breezy, witty and profound, A Summer's Tale is an intellectually and emotionally rewarding date movie for sophisticated couples."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"Rohmer had an almost uncanny knack for using the mercurial predilections of the young as a launching pad for smart but not oppressive philosophical observations."
‑ Glenn Kenny, RogerEbert.com
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