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A Tale of Springtime (1990)
"Conte de printemps" (original title)

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Simple conversations engender complicated human interactions. Jeanne is open and even-tempered, a philosophy teacher at a lycée. Her fiancé is away and she doesn't want to stay at his messy... See full summary »

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Simple conversations engender complicated human interactions. Jeanne is open and even-tempered, a philosophy teacher at a lycée. Her fiancé is away and she doesn't want to stay at his messy flat; she's loaned hers to a cousin, so she accepts the invitation of Natasha, a music student whom she meets at a party, to sleep in her father Igor's bedroom because he's always with his young girlfriend, Eve. Natasha tells Jeanne a story of a missing necklace and her suspicions of Eve. They all meet at dinner, then again at Igor's country house. Is Natasha scheming to get Igor and Jeanne together alone? Once alone, what determines how they choose to act? And the necklace, what of it? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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4 April 1990 (France)  »

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A Tale of Springtime : An excellent Eric Rohmer film with high doses of western philosophy.
16 October 2013 | by (FIPRESCI/Cinema of the world) – See all my reviews

A Tale of Springtime has two scenes featuring noted Austrian philosopher Wittegenstein's photo. In many ways, this philosophical content prepares viewers to anticipate that this would be a film with protagonists who know quite a lot about philosophy and live in houses with numerous books. In one of the scenes, a daughter does not hesitate to tell her father's girl friend that despite not being good in philosophy, she has managed to score 16/20 in her BAC level philosophy examinations.This is a film which begins and ends with a lot of banal conversations about life, love and philosophy. The focus is more on revealing behavior of certain individuals in unusual situations namely two girls making friends at a party whose host is not present, people with two houses etc. One great thing about some of Eric Rohmer's films is that that there is enough material about "Western Philosophy" in them. This allows viewers who know cinema and philosophy to greatly enjoy both these fields with equal fascination and joy. Eric Rohmer has even made a film about famous French philosopher Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) starring famous French philosopher Brice Parain. This trend continued in "Ma Nuit Chez Maud" wherein actors Jean Louis Trintignant and François Fabian discuss among other topics about "Pascal's Wager".


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