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A Summer's Tale (1996)

Conte d'été (original title)
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A shy maths graduate takes a holiday in Dinard before starting his first job. He hopes his sort-of girlfriend will join him, but soon strikes up a friendship with another girl working in ... See full summary »

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Margot
Gwenaëlle Simon ...
Solene
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A shy maths graduate takes a holiday in Dinard before starting his first job. He hopes his sort-of girlfriend will join him, but soon strikes up a friendship with another girl working in town. She in turn introduces him to a further young lady who fancies him. Thus the quiet young lad finds he is having to do some tricky juggling in territory new to him. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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20 June 2014 (USA)  »

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A Summer's Tale  »

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$11,000 (USA) (27 June 2014)

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$196,927 (USA) (17 October 2014)
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Solene: [singing] l am a pirate's daughter / They call me the buccaneer lass / l love the wind / l love the swell / l slice through the sea / as through a throng / A throng, a throng / Quickly, quickly, my pretty ship / We will give 'em all the slip / And sail to San Francisco / Going by Valparaiso / To the Aleutian lsles / Across the lndian Sea / l want to go / to the end of the world / To see if the earth is round / l'll let no one pass me by / l'll never, never give way / l always sail in a straight ...
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Follows A Tale of Winter (1992) See more »

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It's like eavesdropping on real life characters!
12 June 2000 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Rarely do we see such perfection in the direction of a film. Erich Rohmer gets all the details right - every movement, every gesture, all the uncertainties of growing up and falling in and out of love. I can see no flaws. I have to ask myself: Am I watching a group of actors? I seem to be watching a slice of real life with real people trying to cope with life's romantic problems. There's very little to the story. Gaspard, a young mathematics graduate comes to a beautiful island beach resort in Brittany, there to meet up with his girl friend Leon. When she doesn't turn up at the appointed time, he spends his days with two girls he meets on the island. The format of the film is much like a personal diary with the day to day events moving the story to its inevitable conclusion. Each of the three girls interrogate Gaspard about his attitudes to love, friendship and women in general. One feels that the indecisive Gaspard is more at home with his maths. and his guitar than with women. The strength of the film lies in the natural dialogue. It seems so familiar to us as we have all encountered similar experiences and thoughts in our youth. Eric Rohmer has a keen eye as he reveals all the hopes and disappointments of people searching for love. The photographer captures the idyllic beauty of this lovely resort, so bright and sunny. You can almost smell the sea air! It's a very gentle film and handled with a delicate touch, but one wonders in the end whether it may have been a little more enjoyable if a little more excitement could have been injected into the story.


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