Romance of Astrea and Celadon
Romance of Astrea and Celadon (2008)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 15, 2008
DVD Release Date: February 10, 2009
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Critic Score: 66% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A disappointing melodrama with a pedestrian script and direction.

Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

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.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

The movie looks and feels exactly how it probably was to make: like a walk in the park.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

It's often as fresh and buoyant as [Rohmer's] modern takes on the battle of the sexes.

Stephen Holden
New York Times

The nymphs and druids who frolic through The Romance of Astrea and Celadon occupy mythological space between Shakespeare and Greek mythology.

Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

This is no historical portrait of ancient life but a dreamy reflection of 17th-century romanticism of the past...

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Wally Hammond
Time Out

It is the wisdom, passion, joy and hope with which he invests the film that makes it so terribly moving.

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Andrew O'Hehir

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.

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Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard

But I wish the acting was less like amateur dramatics and the plot less like a slightly camp game.