Autumn Tale (Conte d'Automne)
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The fourth and final of a series of films based on the seasons, following A Tale of Springtime, A Winter's Tale, and A Summer's Tale. Magali (Beatrice Romand) is a widowed wine producer from the south of France. Her best friend, Isabelle (Marie Riviere), decides to play matchmaker and find Magali a new husband. By putting an ad in the newspaper Isabelle finds a nice man, Gerald, to pair with her lonely friend. However, she is not the only one playing matchmaker. Magali's son's girlfriend introduces Magali to a former flame of hers, Etienne. Complications arise at Isabelle's… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film is delightfully unpredictable, warm, nuanced. It's civilized entertainment."
‑ Jeff Millar, Houston Chronicle
"The he-said, she-said shenanigans suggest that high school may be eternal but autumn has its wisdom. In the last scene, the 78-year-old filmmaker brings his favorite conspirator back for a last dance -- it's a vintage performance that invites applause."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"Terrific performances and masterful direction make this a warm delight for art-minded viewers."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"The 79-year-old writer-director proves that age has only purified his special ability to mine emotional truth from tiny moments with exquisite finesse."
‑ Margaret A. McGurk, Cincinnati Enquirer
"In this enchanting film, our hearts go out to these well-meaning women who want only the best for the friend they love."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Though you wouldn't know it from Hollywood's kids 'r us obsessions, directors actually can improve as they advance in age."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"The latest in a long, rich series of films by the perceptive French director, who tells stories about people we'd like to know, or be."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"With this romance, the director, now in his late 70s, completes his Tales of Four Seasons quartet on a hopeful note. Although slight in plot and slow in pace, the film offers much to admire."
‑ Susan Tavernetti, Palo Alto Weekly
"[Rohmer's] best film in years."
‑ Ed Scheid, Boxoffice Magazine
"very engaging, very smart, very talky, very French, and most of all, very wise"
‑ Arthur Lazere,
"There's a form of poetic justice in all this, and it gives the film, otherwise straitlaced, its jagged wit: Women on the lookout for love may be fools, but they make sure to turn the men who romance them into even bigger ones."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"The goings-on come across as a bit too lightweight."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"This French film is a quietly interesting but unusually perceptive story about love and relationships."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"t's another enjoyable comedy of manners that seems both highly original, and, at the same time, pleasantly familiar."
‑ William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Sitting through Eric Rohmer's Autumn Tale is rather like being trapped at a small dinner party with a half-dozen, loquacious strangers. As they drone on and on, you realize why this form of conversation is called small talk."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
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