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Le rayon vert
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Summer (1986) More at IMDbPro »Le rayon vert (original title)


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Marie Rivière (collaboration)
Éric Rohmer (scenario)
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Release Date:
29 August 1986 (USA) See more »
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... Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Marie Rivière ... Delphine
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

Béatrice Romand ... Beatrice in Paris
Rosette ... Françoise in Paris
Marcello Pezzutto ... in Paris
Irène Skobline ... in Paris
Eric Hamm ... Edouard in Cherbourg
Gérard Quéré ... in Cherbourg
Julie Quéré ... in Cherbourg
Brigitte Poulain ... in Cherbourg
Gerard Leleu ... in Cherbourg
Liliane Leleu ... in Cherbourg
Vanessa Leleu ... in Cherbourg
Huger Foote ... in Cherbourg
Michel Labourre ... in La Plagne
Paulo ... in La Plagne
Maria Couto-Palos ... in Biarritz
Isa Bonnet ... in Biarritz
Yve Doyhamboure ... in Biarritz
Friedrich Gunter Christlein ... in Biarritz (as Dr. Friedrich Gunter Christlein)
Paulette Christlein ... in Biarritz
Carita ... Lena in Biarritz
Marc Vivas ... in Biarritz
Joël Comarlot ... Joel in Biarritz
Vincent Gauthier ... Jacques in Biarritz

Directed by
Éric Rohmer 
Writing credits
Marie Rivière (collaboration)

Éric Rohmer (scenario)

Produced by
Margaret Ménégoz .... producer
Original Music by
Jean-Louis Valéro 
Cinematography by
Sophie Maintigneux 
Film Editing by
María Luisa García  (as Maria-Luisa Garcia)
Production Management
Françoise Etchegaray .... production supervisor
Sound Department
Dominique Hennequin .... sound mixer
Claudine Nougaret .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Philippe Demard .... sunset photography
Editorial Department
Olivier Dassonville .... colorist: restoration (uncredited)
Other crew
Pierre Chatard .... friendly help
Eymeric Jorat .... restorator
Gérard Lomond .... friendly help

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Le rayon vert" - France (original title)
"The Green Ray" - International (English title) (imdb display title), UK (imdb display title)
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98 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Shot on 16mm with a skeleton crew of just four.See more »
Delphine:I'm not very operational in life.See more »
Movie Connections:
Follows Pauline at the Beach (1983)See more »


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17 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Better film than my review, 19 June 2002
Author: dannyell from London Engerland

Something new on the screen! The sun shines, the wind blows, the clouds scud but it never rains. The treetops shiver in the melancholy gusts, the people gasp and murmur and gesticulate, and tears run down our heroine's cheeks. Again and again her face contorts as her fragile boat grinds on the rocky bottom.

A frustrated secretary lives for love. When a chance encounter informs her of the green ray, she is enamoured, thinking that this controversial phenomenon will bring the psychic clarity she so needs. She has so little self-esteem that she identifies with everything around her, she is somehow somewhat egoless, a pair of eyes, a pair of ears, a tortured heart. Her frame is delicate, almost skeletal. Fear is eating her soul.

She cannot reciprocate the robust friendship of one group of people due to her delicate vegetarian outlook (which she paradoxically defends with great vigour and the most articulacy she summons in two hours on screen). But she is excluded also due to the delicacy she cannot control (her sea-sickness, her love-sickness...) Wherever she goes, in fact, she cannot make friends. The ski bums of the alps treat her with relaxed cool cordiality but she leaves immediately because, she says, "I know that place". The implication is that she thinks she's leaving because the place is decadent and full of one night stands but that the underlying reality is of her not being able to stomach any reminder of herself. She wants to be reborn with a childlike clarity in the last miraculous light of the dying sun. This emphasises a cycle of small deaths and rebirths - falling into and out of love, leaving home, coming back again, leaving again.

This film is deeply concerned with one person and may seem obsessive, but it's one way of looking at life and has of course many resonances for our self-obsessed selves. Of course we cannot escape from ourselves, though we can expand that self so that it is not so claustrophobic to live in.

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