Autumn Tale (Conte d'Automne)
Autumn Tale (Conte d'Automne) (1999)

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,… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: July 23, 1999
DVD Release Date: February 22, 2000
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle

The film is delightfully unpredictable, warm, nuanced. It's civilized entertainment.

J. Hoberman
Village Voice

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.

Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International

The goings-on come across as a bit too lightweight.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Though you wouldn't know it from Hollywood's kids 'r us obsessions, directors actually can improve as they advance in age.

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James Berardinelli

It's a solidly entertaining effort -- the kind of movie that can be enjoyed by anyone who appreciates discerning comedy.

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Michael Dequina

Terrific performances and masterful direction make this a warm delight for art-minded viewers.

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

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.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-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.

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Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly

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.

Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
John Ballantine
I didn't see the other three films but it wasn't hard to pick up the tale. A very interesting tale of match making for the middle aged played very… More