The Green Ray (1986)
"Le rayon vert" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  29 August 1986 (USA)
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It's July, and Delphine has nowhere to go for the summer. She feels very bored and "empty", but this won't last; one day she accidently meets someone who seems to be totally made for her...



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Amira Chemakhi ...
in Paris
Sylvie Richez ...
in Paris
María Luisa García ...
Manuella in Paris (as Lisa Hérédia)
Basile Gervaise ...
in Paris
Virginie Gervaise ...
in Paris
René Hernandez ...
in Paris
Dominique Rivière ...
in Paris
Claude Jullien ...
in Paris
Alaric Jullien ...
in Paris
Laetitia Riviere ...
in Paris
Isabelle Rivière ...
in Paris
Beatrice in Paris
Rosette ...
Françoise in Paris
Marcello Pezzutto ...
in Paris


Delphine's traveling companion cancels two weeks before her holiday, so Delphine, a Parisian secretary, is at loose ends. She doesn't want to travel by herself, but has no boyfriend and seems unable to meet new people. A friend takes her to Cherbourg; after a few days there, the weepy and self-pitying Delphine goes back to Paris. She tries the Alps, but returns the same day. Next, it's the beach: once there, she chats with an outgoing Swede, a party girl, and a friendship seems to bud; then, suddenly, Delphine bolts, heading back to Paris. As she waits at the Biarritz train station, a young man catches her eye; perhaps a sunset and the sun's green ray await. Written by <>

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29 August 1986 (USA)  »

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$732 (USA) (26 August 2011)


$37,455 (USA) (9 December 2011)

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One of my favorite Rohmer films
24 April 2000 | by See all my reviews

I'm a big Rohmer fan - loved the recent Tale series, especially Tale of Autumn and Tale of Winter. This is one of my favorite Rohmer films which I can see again and again. The main character (wonderfully played by Marie Riviere) is depressed, moody, lonely and annoying -- which describes most of us, doesn't it -- and she's transformed by love, but only after she undergoes a journey that takes her deeper into herself.

What is it about Eric Rohmer? His main characters are usually a pain, they talk incessantly about trivial things, and they're bored and depressed. But Rohmer draws you in, absorbs you -- and somehow everything becomes quite soulful and profound and the films resonate in your head for days. Rohmer has what Nabokov called "shamantzen" -- spellbinding power -- the power of great storytellers.

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