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A Little Romance (1979)

A French boy (Daniel) and an American girl (Lauren), who goes to school in Paris, meet and begin a little romance. They befriend Julius who enchants them with his storytelling. In an ... See full summary »

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A French boy (Daniel) and an American girl (Lauren), who goes to school in Paris, meet and begin a little romance. They befriend Julius who enchants them with his storytelling. In an attempt to ensure the teens' love forever, the three journey to Venice. Written by Felicia H. Berke <feberke@vassar.edu>

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Un pequeño romance  »

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Jules Edmund Santorin (Laurence Olivier) speaks disparagingly of Daniel's propensity for sitting in the dark in the cinema and pretending to be Robert Redford. Two years earlier, Olivier had appeared with Redford in A Bridge Too Far (1977). See more »

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Daniel Michon: [as Daniel helps Lauren pick up the books she dropped on the ground, he sees one specific book... ] Heidegger?
Lauren King: Ah, it's for school. An assignment.
Daniel Michon: They assign you Heidegger?
Lauren King: Sure
Daniel Michon: They are teaching you existentialism?
Lauren King: Heidegger isn't really an existentialist.
Daniel Michon: He claims he isn't. His writing says he is.
Lauren King: You read Heidegger?
Daniel Michon: Not anymore. He bores me. Especially his fascination with the tall German poet. What's his name...?
Lauren King: Hölderlin!
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One of my new all-time faves
17 March 2003 | by (Taichung, Taiwan) – See all my reviews

One of the finest movies I have ever seen. Let no one ever again say that intelligent movies can't be deeply moving, spiritual, and just plain fun.

I was utterly stupefied at the seamless way this movie exposes the spiritual landscape. I'm really at a loss to explain this movie in the normal way one speaks of theatrical productions; in terms of components, like writing, direction, acting, etc. This movie was marvelously "of a piece", which is very, very relaxing and refreshing. Analyzing it would feel like dissecting a living thing, which I won't do.

Just one of the gems: This movie makes perfectly plain the essential role of familial love for the full and timely flowering of romantic love. At a time when people are accused of ascribing to movies an inordinate responsibility for social conditions, this movie reminds you why it might be reasonable to do so. It can be fairly well depended upon to stand as a model for father-daughter love, true husbandry under difficult circumstances (a spiritually impoverished mother), and exploring your first love.

And there are lots and lots and lots of other gems in this movie. There's sweet chaos, Sir Laurence Olivier, an excellent balance of English and subtitled native speech, a truly fine and unaffected portrayal of European life, and on and on and on. SEE THIS MOVIE!


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