Les Amours d'Astrée et de Céladon (Romance of Astrea and Celadon)
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Les Amours d'Astrée et de Céladon (Romance of Astrea and Celadon)
Acclaimed French filmmaker Eric Rohmer adapts author Honoré d'Urfé's classic 17th century novel to craft this morally complex tale of romance concerning a young couple about to be betrothed, but driven apart by a tragic misunderstanding. Celadon (Andy Gillet) and Astrea (Stéphanie Crayencour) are deeply in love. Each has vowed that they want to spend the rest of their lives together, but their future union is suddenly thrown into question when one day on the riverbank Astrea sees Celadon kissing another woman. Subsequently banning Celadon from her sight forever, the inconsolable Astrea… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"In what he claims will be his final film, 87-year-old Eric Rohmer fashions a serenely daffy coda to a half a lifetime spent behind the camera exploring the vicissitudes of romance."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"The movie looks and feels exactly how it probably was to make: like a walk in the park."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"But I wish the acting was less like amateur dramatics and the plot less like a slightly camp game."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"Strip away the fey costumes, aristocratic nymphs, kindly druids and fairytale castles and what have you got? A typically Rohmerian exploration of courtship and fidelity among innocent young 'uns."
‑ Tom Dawson, Total Film
"It's often as fresh and buoyant as [Rohmer's] modern takes on the battle of the sexes."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"The nymphs and druids who frolic through The Romance of Astrea and Celadon occupy mythological space between Shakespeare and Greek mythology."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Eric Rohmer has said that The Romance of Astrea and Celadon is probably his swan song, and he's not pulling any punches here."
‑ Dan Callahan, Slant Magazine
"Rohmer's gentle philosophical chat is better heard, I think, among the muddled middle-classes of late-20th century France."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"The director's usual traits are present and correct - glacial pacing, silent film-like direction, a love of nature - meaning audiences' eyes will soon Rohmer about the room looking for an exit."
‑ Rob Daniel, Sky Movies
"It is the wisdom, passion, joy and hope with which he invests the film that makes it so terribly moving."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"I can't think of another director who would even have tried to make this mythic wonderland come alive, with its impossibly beautiful actors, lush, bucolic scenery and not even the slightest concession to contemporary notions of realism."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
"This is no historical portrait of ancient life but a dreamy reflection of 17th-century romanticism of the past..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"A transcendentally batty essay in am-dram costume cinema, starchy with recitative, fragrant with period fabric conditioner and white with laundered emotionalism."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"It's a wisp of a film, touchingly earnest but light on point."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph