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

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

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"A Summer's Tale is one of those movies where it looks like nothing is happening ..."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"The best films leave space for viewers to interpret the action. Here Rohmer insists on it."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"The film is a welcome tonic to the cinematic landfill that gets pushed into theatres this time of year."
‑ Josh Kupecki, Austin Chronicle
"It's one of Rohmer's finest, brimming with his usual mix of gorgeous locations and beautiful people caught up in romantic entanglements that challenge their misguided concepts of love."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"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
"Few directors could say as much with as little as Eric Rohmer."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"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
"[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."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"...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
"There's a purity to the experience of watching a film so naturalistic, like living in someone else's life for two hours."
‑ Barbara VanDenburgh, Arizona Republic
"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
"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."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"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
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