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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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Complete credited cast:
Anne Teyssèdre ...
Jeanne
Hugues Quester ...
Igor
Florence Darel ...
Natacha
Eloïse Bennett ...
Ève
Sophie Robin ...
Gaëlle
Marc Lelou ...
Gildas
François Lamore ...
William
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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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$201,332 (USA)
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French visa # 69541. See more »

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Followed by A Summer's Tale (1996) See more »

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Etudes symphoniques
Written by Robert Schumann
Performed by Cécile Vigna
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Nice acting but not much in the way of story resolution.
8 September 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

When the story begins, Jeanne is at a party where she meets Natacha. They talk for a bit and Jeanne mentions how she is temporarily unable to use her apartment and she hates to stay at her boyfriend's place when he is away. Soon, Natacha asks Jeanne home and she agrees. The two seem to get along just fine, though as the story progresses, it seems that Natacha has some serious issues with women--in particular, he mother and her father's girlfriends (the parents are divorced). It also seems possible that Natacha has a plan--to try to get her new friend Jeanne and her father together.

While I do not expect films to have happy endings, I do expect that by the end there would be some sense of resolution or at least an indication as to where the story would go. However, in "A Tale of Springtime", the film just seems to end--and this frustrated me to no end. This is because the film really had some fine acting, nice camera-work and the basic things needed for an interesting story...but then, nothing! It's a shame, as with a more well-defined ending, I would have scored this one a 7 or even 8. The basic story was very nice--it just seemed like when they ran out of film, they just ended the story! And, with several important points unresolved, it was a bad way to end it.


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